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Russian Submarine Rescue a Success

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All seven sailors aboard a Russian submarine stranded three days on the ocean floor have been rescued, and are on their way back to dry land.

Russian naval officials say the men are in satisfactory condition after emerging from the submarine without assistance. They are expected in Russia's Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky port later Sunday where they will receive a complete medical check up.

The small military submarine had been stuck nearly 200 meters below the surface of the northern Pacific where the ocean meets the Bering Sea since Thursday.

Russian officials said the vessel became tangled in an undersea antenna and a fishing net during a training exercise.

A British remote-controlled diving vehicle cut the sub free allowing it to resurface. Russian naval officers thanked Britain for assistance in rescuing the crew before air on the small sub ran out. U.S. rescue teams and equipment were also on hand.

The maritime drama took place about 75 kilometers from the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far east.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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