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Steve Wilcox15 Jul 2021 3:57 a.m. PST

USS Thresher's Crew May Have Survived Many Hours After Its Disappearance According To New Docs


GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2021 4:28 a.m. PST

More info than previously released, still very unfortunate.

Blasted Brains15 Jul 2021 7:05 a.m. PST

An awful lot of maybe this or maybe that but not much hard evidence of anything. I'd call it "a lot of hope" but not much "reality". And even if crew members had survived, I don't believe there was any change of rescue back then.

If there were survivors, as submariners, they were well aware of their fate. A tragedy for the families, regardless.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2021 7:19 a.m. PST

Agreed. The outcome would have remained the same.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jul 2021 10:44 a.m. PST

RIP, crew of the "Thresher."

smithsco15 Jul 2021 12:49 p.m. PST

Ran into an interesting theory referenced in The Taking of K129 that Thresher went down mysteriously and the navy was burying evidence of Soviet involvement. Guess it wasn't quite so nefarious, just didn't want to make the families experience more pain.

carne6816 Jul 2021 10:35 a.m. PST

I'm not a submariner, but I spent a few years on a tender, repairing them. I have a hard time buying this one. If you lose depth control, but manage to stay above crush depth for more than 24 hours but can't surface… Let's just say this raises a lot of questions.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 3:37 p.m. PST

My presumption is that most of the sub was flooded, but that there was a pocket of air in some compartment that had survivors.

carne6818 Jul 2021 10:23 a.m. PST

My presumption is that most of the sub was flooded, but that there was a pocket of air in some compartment that had survivors.

If most of the sub is flooded, it is negatively buoyant and hence, SINKING/SUNK. In water 7000' deep, there is no part of a submarine that isn't either flooded or imploded. Sorry, that dog just ain't gonna hunt.

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