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On September 17, the joint detachment of the Russian Emergencies Ministry completed the next stage of work on lifting ammunition from a self-propelled barge that sank in the years of the Great Patriotic War in the Baltic Sea. With the onset of autumn, the organization of large-scale deep-sea operations, taking into account seasonal weather changes in the Baltic, is impractical and dangerous.

In total, since the beginning of the work, the consolidated detachment of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has completed 169 descents with a total duration of 282 hours, discovered and raised 7,016 explosive objects to the surface. These are artillery shells of various calibers and faust cartridges. The consolidated squad includes specialists from the Leader Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations, sappers from the pyrotechnic sub-division of the Nevsky Rescue Center, rescuers from the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s search and rescue team in the Kaliningrad Region, and GIMS inspectors.

The general grouping of forces and equipment was 46 people and 16 pieces of equipment. The work was carried out at a depth of 15 meters, 1.5 kilometers from the coastline on the outer roadstead of the port of Baltiysk. According to preliminary data, there are still several thousand explosive items on board the ship.

Commentary: Roman Yemelyanov, Head of the Main Directorate of EMERCOM of Russia for the Kaliningrad Region.

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