The rescue operation to save two men trapped aboard the mini-submarine, Pieces 3, 100 mile (160 kilometres) off the coast of the Irish Republic, will get underway on Friday morning (31 August).
The rescue operation to save two men trapped aboard the mini-submarine, Pieces 3, 100 mile (160 kilometres) off the coast of the Irish Republic, will get underway on Friday morning (31 August). The mother ship, the Vickers Voyager, won't arrive back over the trapped submarine until then. She west to Cork Harbour to pick up two similar submarines to the one which is trapped. These will be used in the rescue operations. Both were flown to Cork early on Thursday morning (30 August). One -- the Pieces 5 -- from Canada; the other -- the Pieces 2 -- form Scotland.
The Pieces 5 is said to be the meet advanced vessel of its kind. It can go down to depths of 5,600 feet (over 2,000 metres). The Canadian Air Force plane which brought it from Nova Scotia, also brought tons of rescue ??? including 2,400 feet (750 metres) of reinforced the rope.
Cork Airport was on emergency standby all night. An hour after the Pieces 5 arrived, just before 3.00 in the morning (30 August), a 'plane arrived from Scotland with Pieces 2 on board.
Both submarines were unloaded around down and taken by road to the Vickers Voyager, which arrived at Cork harbour by 6:30 in the morning. Within two hours she had been loaded and was on her way back to the Pieces 3, trapped 1,400 feet (400 metres) under water.
Pieces 3 ran into trouble on Wednesday (20 August) while helping to lay a telephone cable on the seabed. The tow-line from the submarine to the mother ship broke during a normal operation to bring the vessel pack to the surface. The two men trapped on board are Roger Mallinaon, 35, and Roger Chapman, 28. To save oxygen both are lying down and not talking. It is estimated they have enough oxygen to last until Saturday morning (1 September).