The day of the Kursk submarine disaster – level 1


It is August 12, 2000. The Russian submarine Kursk is in the Barents Sea. There are 118 men on board.

At one moment, a torpedo explodes inside the submarine. The submarine starts to go down. Two minutes later, there is another big explosion.

Many sailors die in the second explosion. Then 23 men stay alive in one section of the submarine A fire starts in this section, too. The fire takes all the oxygen from this area. All 118 men on board the submarine die.

Difficult words: submarine (a ship which can stay underwater), sailor (a person who works on a ship), alive (not dead), section (a part), oxygen (what we breathe).

What steps were taken to retrieve the bodies of the submariners who died on the Kursk?


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