RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 206, Part I, 24 October 2000

'KURSK' RECOVERY OPERATION RESUMES FOLLOWING STORM. The operation to recover at least some of the bodies of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine was halted in the evening of 23 October as weather conditions at the disaster site worsened. A Northern Fleet spokesman said a storm brewing all day had reached a level that endangered the lives of the Russian and Norwegian divers. The next morning, however, divers resumed efforts to cut a hole in the hull of the submarine to allow Russian divers to enter the vessel in a bid to recover bodies. Naval commander-in chief Vladimir Kuroedov has warned that he will call off the operation if he deems it too risky for the divers (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 20 October 2000). JC

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