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Northern Fleet Rescuers Helped "Distressed" Ship at Barents-2012 Exercise

Northern Fleet Rescuers Helped "Distressed" Ship at Barents-2012 Exercise 08.06.2012
Text: Western Military District Press Service
Photo: Western Military District Press Service
Active phase of the Barents-2012 joint Russian-Norwegian search-and-rescue exercise has finished in the Barents Sea; the participants rescued crew of a "distressed" ship.

Both countries dispatched 7 ships and 4 aircraft to the exercise. Russia was represented by Northern Fleet (NF) rescue tug SB-523, rescue tug Atria of state-led fishing company Murmanrybvod, coast guard patrol ship Zapolyarye and rescue boat Markab; Norway delegated patrol vessels Svalbard, Senja, and Harstad.

According to scenario, a ship "inflamed" in the Barents Sea and then sank. Six crewmembers managed to get on the lifesaving raft, and nine men fell into water.

Patrol airplanes Il-38 and Orion detected distressed sailors (dummy men and six Norwegian volunteers); helicopters Ka-27PS and Sea Lynx picked up sufferers and delivered to the ships for further medical care.

Effective actions of NF search-and-rescue helicopter Ka-27PS and rescue tug SB-523 were highly appreciated by experts of Norwegian rescue coordination center.

The Barents is the only search-and-rescue exercise held by Russia and Norway in the Arctic on annual basis. The exercise is directed by Russian and Norwegian representatives by rotation.

The Barents-2012 exercise lasts till June 8. Norwegian and Russian search-and-rescue assets are conducting oil spill response drills at the time.

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