August 6, 2005

British Scorpio arrives for Russia mini-sub rescue

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A British underwater rescue vehicle was
airlifted on Saturday to Russia's Kamchatka peninsula to join
efforts to save the crew of a mini-submarine stranded on the
floor of the Pacific, RIA news agency said.

RIA quoted a Russian military spokesman in Kamchatka as
saying the British transport plane that delivered the Scorpio
-- a remote-controlled underwater vehicle capable of descending
925 meters (3,035 feet) -- was being unloaded in the regional
capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

RIA said that it would take up to six hours for the Scorpio
to reach the site of the rescue operation, where an attempt to
pull a Russian mini-submarine AS-28 to more shallow waters has