Nuclear sub escape hatch can be opened, Norwegians say

“MURMANSK, Russia — Norwegian rescuers today said the escape hatch on the crippled Russian submarine Kursk could be removed, contradicting earlier reports that the hatch had sustained extensive damage.

“John Espen Lien of the Norwegian Armed Forces offered hope that the international rescue teams could gain entry to the stricken nuclear submarine with its 118 crew members.”

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