Monday, January 10, 2005

Early Reports....

Based on some e-mails from third-party family members of crewmembers, the story is shaping up something like this:

High speed submerged transit (30 knots, 500 feet depth), the ship ran into an uncharted sea mount. Front of boat crushed inward (accordian fashion) but pressure hull did not rupture. The rapid deceleration threw all onboard violently forward (just like passengers in a car would be tossed forward in a head-on collision) injuring many.

Damaged equipment threatened the ability of the boat to get to and stay afloat on the surface, but heroic actions by well-trained crewmembers allowed them to save the ship.

It will be interesting to see if the story remains like this as facts are developed; of course, there is still the question of how much official information will be made public.