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The incident took place at 08:12 local time, resulting in the tragic loss of 55 crew members — 22 officers, 7 officer cadets, 9 petty officers, and 17 sailors.” “The cause of death appears to be hypoxia due to a system malfunction aboard the submarine.
According to a secret UK report the seamen died following a catastrophic failure of the submarine’s oxygen systems which poisoned the crew. The captain of the Chinese PLA Navy submarine ‘093-417’ is understood to be among the deceased, as are 21 other officers.
Fifty-five Chinese sailors are believed to have lost their lives when their nuclear submarine became ensnared in a trap designed to target British sub-surface vessels in the Yellow Sea.
According to a confidential report from the UK, the crew members perished due to a catastrophic failure of the submarine’s oxygen systems, leading to the poisoning of the entire crew. Among the casualties were the captain of the Chinese PLA Navy submarine ‘093-417’ and 21 other officers.
A classified briefing obtained by the Mail reads: “Intelligence reports that on 21st of August, there was an on-board accident while carrying out a mission in the Yellow Sea.
The submarine struck a chain and anchor obstacle used by the Chinese Navy to trap US and allied submarines, leading to system failures and a six-hour struggle to surface. The onboard oxygen system failed catastrophically, poisoning the crew. There is no independent confirmation of the incident yet. China dismisses open-source speculation, and Taiwan also denies these reports. The UK report, classified at a high level and based on defence intelligence, remains undisclosed.
Diver surfaced and was rescued, he is reportedly, in a deep depression. Beijing dnied this accident and related rumors, but recent top brass resigns, arrests and shuffles are attributed, partially, to 093-417 disaster.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.nuclear submarine 093-417 of 093 type, displacement 6096, speed 30 knots, complement 100 max, armament torpedoes, anti-ship missiles.