Partial Text of Submariner's Note
The Associated Press
Nov. 02, 2000
Following are excerpts from the note written by Lt. Dmitry Kolesnikov, who died in the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk. The full contents of the note have not been released, and officials say it contains lines written to Kolesnikov's family that will not be made public.
The following lines were displayed in a black frame next to Kolesnikov's flag-draped coffin at his funeral Thursday:
''15:45. It's too dark to write, but I'll try by touch. It seems there is no chance, 10-20 percent. We hope that at least someone will read this.
``Here are lists of the personnel of the compartments who are in the ninth (compartment) and will try to get out.
``Hi to everyone. Mustn't despair.''
Navy chief Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov read these excerpts to journalists on Oct. 26:
``All the crew from the sixth, seventh and eighth compartments went over to the ninth. There are 23 people here. We made this decision as a result of the accident. None of us can get to the surface.''