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Six Indian technologists have been trapped under water in Persian Gulf in pressurized engineering chamber while they were building an underwater pipeline there. The accident happened when the diving unit's Iranian support ship supplying it with oxygen and having on-board depressurization systems for divers sank and left the Indians without any support surface ship. The Indians oxygen supply is running out and when that happens they might die.


TEHRAN, Iran — A team of six Indian divers conducting underwater pipeline installation were believed trapped in a diving chamber nearly 200 feet underwater with dwindling oxygen supplies on Friday after their support ship sank in the Persian Gulf, Iranian officials said.

The divers were among 13 people, including five Iranians and eight non-Iranians, still missing after the Koosha-1, a diving support ship, went down in stormy seas Thursday afternoon, Iran’s semi-official Isna news agency reported. Out of 73 people on board, 60 had been rescued, Isna said.

The diving chamber was onboard the ship when it sank, but the divers were inside because they stay in the sealed environment to avoid having pressurize and depressurize for their dives.

“We hope their oxygen has not run out,” said Pirouz Mousavi head, of the Pars Energy Zone in southern Iran, quoted by Isna. “We have deployed divers to save those who are trapped in the chamber,” which he said was about 180 feet (60 meters) underwater.

The chamber can hold 72-hours worth of oxygen, said Z. Hussain, a manager at Adsun Offshore Diving Contractors Pvt Ltd, the Mumbai, India-based firm that employs the divers. But he said he did not know how much supply there was when it went down.

“The ship sunk in a matter of minutes and the six men in the chamber were trapped underwater,” he said. “They’ve been underwater, it is almost 24 hours,” he said.

Other rescue teams were searching for the other missing. Mousavi spoke of 13 still missing, with no confirmed deaths, but a local, official, Ahmad Moradi, said the bodies of six had been found, including an Indian and an Ukrainian.

Calls to Dubai-based Dulam International that is leading the rescue operation were not immediately returned.

The Iran-flagged Koosha-1 had left Thursday from offshore oil rigs near the underwater South Pars gas field, the largest in the world that is shared by both Iran and Qatar. The ship had been involved in installing underwater pipelines. It sank in the Persian Gulf some 15 miles (25 kilometers) off Iran’s coast.

Divers trapped underwater in pressurized chamber after support ship sinks in Persian Gulf - The Washington Post
 

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Kursk was a nuclear sub and all submariners on board died. Kursk was raised to the surface later. Here the engineers are trapped in a pressurised chamber. Hope they make it to the surface
 

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Very similar to Russian submarine Kursk accident. The poor souls are trapped under sea and can not get out.
These Indian divers are probably saturated divers. They MUST remain under pressure for a very long time (Several days) in order for their blood to return to normal.

If there is no other chamber nearby, the only way to rescue them is to bring the breathing apparatus to the chamber underwater. Open the chamber under water and stay under water and under pressure until another chamber is available on the surface.

If they just open the chamber and come out to the surface, the air in their blood will bubble like opening a Pepsi. They will surely die.


Submarine is different as they are always under 1 atm.
 

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I hope someone has the sense to drop politics( iran) and call the americans! they have the equipment and know how to get them free!
 

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The divers were among 13 people, including five Iranians and eight non-Iranians, still missing after the Koosha-1, a diving support ship, went down in stormy seas Thursday afternoon, Iran’s semi-official Isna news agency reported. Out of 73 people on board, 60 had been rescued, Isna said.

So the pipe line building has started.

Wishing the rescue act gets faster and all the men safety.
 

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New team sent undersea to rescue trapped divers

Tehran, Oct 21, IRNA -- Managing director of Pars Special Economic Zone said a new rescue team has been sent to save the lives of 6 divers who has been trapped in a diving chamber of a sunk ship in the Persian Gulf.

Pirooz Moosavi told IRNA on Friday that six divers of the Ship, the Koosha, who are all Indian have been trapped in the diving chamber of the sunk ship which has oxygen for 48 hours 'so we are hopeful that they will be saved'.

The Vessel, a diving supprt ship, went down some 25 kilometers off Iran's coast on Thursday afternoon. Some 60 people have been rescued so far but 13 people are still missing.

On the possibility of saving the trapped divers, Moosavi said he does not want to predict anything but he expressed hope that with the experience and expertise that the victims have, 'we hope to save 7 of them'.




the ship supplying oxygen

http://www.irna.ir/ENNewsShow.aspx?NID=30623670&SRCH=1
 

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Hope they are recovered alive- unlike russia- this is where indian diplomacy should work-
 

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It would be shame if Iran lets politics over human lifes and not have americans involved. We knew the chilean miners rescued by americans. they have the know how...indian govt would also be blamed if they have not forced this issue.
 

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Goodness! I will pray for these people. Wish they get help soon. Can't imagine the situation their families will be in. Hold on, we're building under-water pipelines but we don't have the technology to recover our folks incase something like this happens? :angry: WTF?!
 

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