Moscow: A fire on a Russian submersible killed 14 Russian crew members, state news agencies reported on Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Defense.
The sailors onboard died from smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out on the craft, which was carrying out research in Russian territorial waters, according to the state-run news agency Tass.
The fire was later extinguished, Tass reported, hailing the “selfless actions of the team” on board.
The submersible, which is smaller than a submarine and has limited power reserves, is now at the naval base in Severomorsk on the Barents Sea.
An investigation into the incident is being carried out by the Russian Navy’s commander-in-chief, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to oversee the probe, Tass reported.
“I ask you to fly to Severomorsk in order to personally listen to the reports and to aim the commission to get to the bottom of the causes of the tragedy,” Putin told the defense minister, per Tass. “I ask you to report to me personally upon your return.”