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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sailor Dies in Blizzard




MOSCOW -- A sailor died while keeping watch over a nuclear submarine docked at an arctic base, after he was apparently thrown overboard by a strong gust of wind, Itar-Tass said Wednesday.


Alexei Shvarev, 19, was at his post on top of the submarine when a powerful snowstorm began, the news agency said. Shvarev was missing during a check Monday morning, and rescuers later found his body under the submarine, Itar-Tass said, citing the Russian navy.


Investigators believe that Shvarev was thrown overboard by a strong gust of wind.


The submarine was docked at an arctic base of the Northern Fleet, but Itar-Tass did not specify which one.