U.S. Nuke Sub Runs Aground; 20 Injured


U.S. Nuke Sub Runs Aground; 20 Injured
Saturday, January 08, 2005

HONOLULU A nuclear submarine ran aground about 350 miles south of Guam (search), injuring around 20 sailors, one of them critically, the Navy said.

There were no reports of damage to the USS San Francisco’s (search) reactor plant, which was operating normally, the Navy said.

The 360-foot submarine was headed back to its home port in Guam, and the Friday afternoon incident was under investigation, said Jon Yoshishige, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.

He said there was no information yet on what the submarine struck.

Details on the sailors’ injuries were not immediately available, but Yoshishige said an initial assessment put the number injured at around 20. The sub has a crew of 137, officials said.

Navy and Coast Guard aircraft from Guam were en route to monitor the submarine and assist if needed, the Navy said.

Guam is a U.S. territory about 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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