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Russia's stricken sub Intro Making it safe Lifting Docking

Raising the Kursk


Making it safe

The submarine’s bow will be cut off by robots, using a specially-designed chain saw. This is because it is so badly damaged that it could otherwise fall off as the vessel is lifted. Divers must first remove any unexploded torpedoes from the cutting line. Even then, the operation is not risk-free, as other torpedoes may shift positions and detonate as the bow is cut.

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