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Survivors of a fatal fire on a Canadian submarine that was left drifting in the north Atlantic described yesterday how they thought they would suffocate in the choking fumes
They were speaking in Glasgow after Bill Graham, the Canadian Defence Minister, confirmed he had not ruled out suing the British Government, which sold HMCS Chicoutimi and three other second-hand submarines to Canada in 1998. But Mr Graham, who met Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, yesterday afternoon, stressed that it was important to wait for the results of the formal board of inquiry into the incident. The electrical fire broke out last Tuesday while the vessel was sailing for Nova Scotia, spreading through two decks and cutting out its power. The submarine was eventually towed into Faslane naval base in Scotland on Sunday after a hazardous rescue operation in rough seas. The crew told how they fought the fire in complete darkness when the submarine lost power. Lieutenant Chris Saunders, 32,who had two children, was airlifted to hospital in Ireland but died from the effects of smoke inhalation. Two crew members are still recovering in hospital and six more were treated on board, inform the NEWS. According to the Guardian Unlimited, Survivors of a fatal fire on board a submarine yesterday said they felt lucky to have escaped with their lives as Canada's defence minister, Bill Graham, said he could not rule out suing Britain over the incident. Speaking after he visited the crew of the fire-stricken submarine HMCS Chicoutimi in Glasgow, Mr Graham said he would wait for the result of a naval inquiry before commenting on whether Canada would take legal action against the Ministry of Defence. But he added: "I'm not ruling out any single thing." One crewman was killed and two others were seriously injured when an electrical fire broke out on board the submarine last Tuesday as it made its way from the Faslane naval base to Canada. The former British vessel was sold to Canada in 1988 alongside three others, but it remained in Britain until last week as BAe systems prepared it for a return to service. The Chicoutimi's commanding officer, Luc Pelletier, yesterday described how his crew attempted to extinguish the fire in complete darkness while the sub pitched 30 degrees to each side
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