Escape from the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew by Alex KershawBy October, 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was legendary-she had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, tragedy struck-the Tang was hit by one of her own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive in their submerged “iron coffin” one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface. While the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived a harrowing ascent through the escape hatch. But a far greater ordeal was coming. After being picked up by a Japanese patrol vessel, they were sent to a secret Japanese interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” They were close to death when finally liberated in August, 1945, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese-not even the greatest secret of World War II.
With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.
Submarine escape and rescue: a brief history
The best way to safeguard a submarine and its crew is to avoid or quickly halt an accident. They also run drills to practice plugging leaks left and extinguishing fires. Time is of the essence — a crew must control a casualty emergency within five minutes to save the sub and their lives. Submarines can withstand pressure to a certain depth. If a submarine sinks below this point, called crush depth, its hull will collapse under the pressure.
Reprinted with the kind permission of the editors of the Seapower Centre — Australia. Public empathy worldwide seemed to be driven by the belief that when a submarine goes down there is little that can be done for the crew. However, the history of successful submarine escape and rescue is as long as the history of the submarine itself. As submarine capabilities were gradually introduced in various navies around the world, a common question also emerged: what can be done in the event of a submerged accident that disables the submarine and prevents it returning to the surface? Essentially the answers remain the same.
The suit provides protection against hypothermia and is rapidly replacing the Steinke hood rescue device. A typical assembly comprises a submarine escape and immersion suit, an inner thermal liner, and a gas-inflated single-seat life raft, all contained in a protective stowage compartment.
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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. S ubmarines have been used by the United States and other countries as weapons platforms for a century. Worldwide, there have been known cases in which submarines have become disabled and have sunk in noncombat situations, leading to a loss of approximately 2, lives Commander Wayne Horn, personal commun. Navy
Don't open the hatch, however much you might sent to get out. By Vandana Gupta. The best chance is to send a smaller sub down to dock with the stranded sub so that crew can be rescued. This requires that the hatches are accessible and undamaged and it takes a long time to organise, so the crew need to survive flooding compartments, fire, toxic gases and radiation hazards until then. In WWII, these were just a hood that trapped a bubble of air or contained a small air supply, combined with a lifejacket. Modern escape suits include full-body protection against drowning, hypothermia and decompression sickness.