Investigators examining the wreckage of the Kursk nuclear submarine have removed the bodies of 45 sailors since the vessel was brought to dock in northern Russia earlier this month.
The number of bodies retrieved is higher than the Russian Navy’s initial predictions but officials have refused to say if any more bodies are expected to be recovered.
The Kursk sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea after two explosions on board in August 2000. All 118 crew members either died in the explosion or suffocated while the submarine was on the seabed. Twelve bodies were recovered by divers who examined the wreck last year.