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Putin calls for inquiry in sub rescue

KAMCHATKA, Russia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Russian president ordered an investigation Sunday into how a submarine got trapped in nearly fatal deep waters.

The BBC reports President Vladamir Putin ordered the investigation after the seven-member crew spent more than three days trapped deep in the Pacific Ocean.

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The crew members were rescued by a British robotic submarine Sunday that cut through the netting an cables holding the Russian sub hostage.

The Russian crew are in good condition despite a low oxygen supply and 40 degree temperatures.

After failed attempts at rescuing the sub 625 feet below the surface off the coast of Kamchatka, Russia put out a call for help, answered by the United States, Britain and Japan.

Five years ago Russia was hesitant to call for help when the nuclear submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea, killing 118 crew members.

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