72 Hours

Hours The nail biting story of the Royal Navy s race to save the crew of a trapped Russian submarine with help from U S and Japanese rescue teamsOn August on a secret mission to an underwater mili

  • Title: 72 Hours
  • Author: Frank Pope
  • ISBN: 9780857820631
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • The nail biting story of the Royal Navy s race to save the crew of a trapped Russian submarine, with help from U.S and Japanese rescue teamsOn August 5, 2005, on a secret mission to an underwater military installation 30 miles off the coast of Kamchatka, Russian Navy submersible AS 28 ran into a web of cables and stuck fast With 600 feet of freezing water above them, theThe nail biting story of the Royal Navy s race to save the crew of a trapped Russian submarine, with help from U.S and Japanese rescue teamsOn August 5, 2005, on a secret mission to an underwater military installation 30 miles off the coast of Kamchatka, Russian Navy submersible AS 28 ran into a web of cables and stuck fast With 600 feet of freezing water above them, there was no escape for the seven crew all they could do was wait as their air supply slowly dwindled For than 24 hours the Russian Navy tried to reach them Finally, still haunted by the loss of the nuclear submarine Kursk five years before, they requested international assistance On the other side of the world, the Royal Navy s Submarine Rescue Service got the call there was a sub down With the expertise and specialist equipment available to them, the team had a chance to save the men, but Kamchatka was at the very limit of their range, and time was running out As the Royal Navy prepared to deploy to Russia s Pacific coast, rescue teams from the United States and Japan also scrambled to reach the area The Russian crew shut down all nonessential systems, climbed into thick thermal suits to keep the bonechilling damp at bay, and waited, desperate to eke out the stale, thin air inside the pressure hull of their craft But as the first of them began to drift in and out of consciousness, they knew the end was close, and they started writing their farewells This is the extraordinary, edge of the seat, real life story of one of the most dramatic rescue missions of recent years.

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    1. Written like a taught thriller, this highly readable true story chronicles the tense international rescue effort to save seven Russian submariners from a certain and lonely death, below the cold seawater off a deserted coastline.The book neatly weaves in the history of submarine rescue as teams from England and the US battle time, weather and idealist bigotry to test procedures and equipment in a challenging underwater environment, where their Russian hosts can only match cutting edge technology [...]

    2. Detailing the rescue of a slightly lesser known Russian submarine disaster off their east coast (the Kursk disaster, and the loss of all hands, having only taken place 5 years prior), and the international rescue team that managed to rescue the sailors in this instance.With is story having a much happier ending, it is easy to see why Frank Pope choose to chronicle is underwater disaster. The only real drawback I found reading 72 Hours were the multitude of perspective which were trying to share [...]

    3. A gripping and detailed re-telling of the events around the rescue of a Russian minisub by a specialist British unit and the effects of these events on the teams, families and crew involved.With various viewpoints converging onto the event and a seeming race between the US unit and the British, whilst battling to reach the stricken crew in time, the reader is kept finely balanced on the edge of frustration and panicked excitement.Thoroughly recommended.

    4. My rating is more for the story than the writing. Why don't we hear more of this kind of thing - where old rivals do actually work together for good not evil.I felt for the crew and their families who not only had to deal with a catastrophe but the knowledge that their country would not be able to rescue them. All credit to those sailors who put their lives on the line for their country despite their governments.A gripping tale of suspense and political intrigue where none should have been.

    5. A really well written book with a good overview. It doesn't go into a lot of technical information but does cover off a little history and the inevitable politics that go with such a mission. Well worth a read

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