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Soviet Submarine Entangled In Trawler’s Net

April 14, 1989

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Soviet submarine taking part in naval maneuvers got caught in the fishing net of a Danish trawler in the Baltic Sea and had to be cut loose, the official Tass news agency said today.

The incident took place April 4 during joint maneuvers with the East German navy and three days before a Soviet nuclear submarine caught fire and sank off Norway, the news agency said. Forty-two sailors died in the Norwegian Sea accident.

Tass said ships escorting the submarine displayed warning flags indicating underwater maneuvers were underway and that vessels in the area were warned by radio to exercise caution.

Despite the warnings, Tass said, ″Danish authorities reported that the Soviet submarine had been caught in the net of a trawler from Bornholm Island. As this posed a threat to fishermen, the net was cut off.″

Tass said there were no injuries and that the trawler was undamaged.

″Certainly we regret the occurred incident,″ Tass quoted an unidentified government spokesman as saying. ″It is important to note, however, that all precautionary measures under the existing international practice were taken to conduct the exercises.″

The news agency said the maneuvers took place on open seas south of Bornholm Island, 100 miles southeast of the Danish mainland.

Tass did not say why it took 10 days to report the incident.

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