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In pictures: Russian sub rescue
File photo of submersible of same type as one that got trapped
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Reports began to emerge early on Friday that a Russian mini-submarine with seven men on board was in trouble after getting trapped in deep water in the Pacific.
Scorpio 45 craft being loaded at Prestwick airport, Scotland on 5 Aug 2005
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After early rescue attempts failed, Russian officials turned abroad for help, and a UK team with specialist underwater gear prepared for the trip.
A Super Scorpio and winding gear is loaded on to a C5 transport plane in San Diego, California
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Half a world away, US teams with similar equipment set off from the West Coast.
Family of mini-sub commander Vyacheslav Milashevksy
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To the anguish of the sailors' families, confusing reports emerged of the supplies of oxygen left on board.
Woman in a St Petersburg church lights a candle for the trapped sailors.
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As rescuers worked round the clock, some prayed. Many were reminded of the Kursk tragedy five years earlier, which left 118 sailors dead.
Russian navy ship Razliv prepares to leave port
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A Russian naval vessel took the foreign rescue teams out to sea to the site of the accident, off the Kamchatka peninsula, late on Saturday and they set to work.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov receives a report in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
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Russia sent its defence minister to Kamchatka to oversee operations as a nation hoped desperately that this time all would end well.
A navy launch alongside the mini-submarine after it surfaces
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It took hours to cut through nets and other debris trapping the sub, but finally it was freed and immediately surfaced.
The mini-sub's commander salutes as he comes ashore in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
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The crew extricated themselves unaided, and were taken back to port to a welcome on the quayside from relatives, fellow sailors and hundreds of residents.
The crew, in hospital after a medical check-up
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The seven crew members had been trapped for 76 hours, in very low temperatures.
Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov (left) gives flowers to the submarine commander's wife
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Submarine Commander Lt Vyacheslav Milashevsky's wife, Yelena, said she was relieved after being told of her husband's safe return.




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