Since 21 August, rumors had been swirling about China losing one of its nuclear submarines, with all hands lost. China, of course, denied there was any such problem.
Now, because of a classified intelligence report, we have more details about what intelligence sources believe actually happened on that ill-fated sub.
The crew apparently suffocated to death onboard after the 351ft Shang class type-093 sub’s oxygen systems failed.
It is not clear whether the trap mangled the oxygen system – or if the crew had already suffocated before the sub sank.
The secret UK report said the trap was designed to ensnare British and US vessels in the Yellow sea off China’s Shandong province.
The chain and anchor trap is a giant anti-submarine net designed to stop enemy submarines.
A classified briefing obtained by the Mail reads: “Intelligence reports that on 21st of August there was an onboard accident whilst carrying out a mission in the Yellow Sea.
“Incident happened at 08.12 local resulting in the death of 55 crew members: 22 officers, 7 officer cadets, 9 petty officers, 17 sailors.”
A British submarine officer said: “It is plausible that this occurred and I doubt the Chinese would have asked for international support for obvious reasons.
“If they were trapped on the net system and the submarine’s batteries were running flat (plausible) then eventually the air purifiers and air treatment systems could have failed.” — Sun