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article imageCanadian sailors injured during navy exercises

By Andrew Ardizzi     Jun 6, 2011 in World
Victoria - The Canadian navy is investigating after one of its submarines struck bottom during training exercises off the coast of Vancouver Island, injuring two sailors.
The HMCS Corner Brook was conducting advanced maneuvering drills while submerged off the west coast of Nootka Sound when the incident occurred, navy spokesman Gerry Pash told CBC news.
“The submarine’s crew, in accordance with their training, brought the submarine to the surface, conducted an internal damage assessment and carried out a series of safety checks," Pash told the Times Colonist. "No fuel was released into the environment.”
Pash said the Corner Brook will be housed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt where it will undergo further assessments, the Times Colonist reported.
The two sailors were injured when the submarine, originally purchased along with three other submarines from the United Kingdom in 1998 for $891-million, struck bottom while performing tactical maneuvers intended to foster the necessary skills officers need when piloting a submarine, Pash told the Times Colonist.
The sailors, whose names were not released, are believed to have only suffered minor injuries, CBC news reports.
An investigation will be ordered to determine what caused the submarine to strike bottom, although it's believed the submarine was over capacity at the time of the incident with 60 officers on board, the Times Colonist reports.
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