Sunday, 21. December 2014
11. 06. 14. - 16:00
The captain and crew of a sinking vessel thought they were facing death when they got into trouble after the weather changed while they were out at sea, until they ended up being rescued by a huge nuclear-powered submarine.
As water flooded into the "Barents" boat, captain Luke Tretiakov who was one of the four people on board struggled to keep the vessel from turning over in the powerful waves.
He said: "I had been told that there were no rescue ships in the area and that an alert had gone out to the nearest vessel to try and reach us before we sank."
But the captain and crew could hardly believe their eyes when the massive submarine suddenly surfaced alongside them in Onega Bay, near the port of Archangel in northwestern Russia.
The submarine captain reportedly picked up the distress call from the tiny vessel which can normally only handle waves about 1.5 metres and suddenly found itself being tossed and almost overturned by waves more than twice that height.
With 40 miles still to go to get back to shore, the skipper realised he wasn't going to make it and sent out the mayday call.
He said: "We knew we were not going to keep the vessel above water long enough to get back to shore, and that there were no other vessels in the area or at least officially no vessels. We couldn't believe it when this huge submarine surfaced and submariners then swarmed all over the boat and helped us to fix our pumps, add more fuel and then escorted us safely back to shore."
Shortly before it reached the shore the nuclear leviathan from Russia's Northern Fleet dived again to continue her lonely and secret patrols in the Arctic waters.
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