Sunday, October 13, 2013

Odd Unidentified Submarine News Blackout

SAN DIEGO - An injured sailor was medically evacuated from a Navy submarine about 160 miles west of San Diego, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Saturday.

The crew of the submarine, based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, contacted the Coast Guard shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, and alerted them to the 22-year-old man who had fallen and possibly suffered head injuries, according to Coast Guard officials. -  source
"It's very rare that we would hoist someone off of a submarine," Dunphy said. "They said it was pretty challenging with a small area that they were hoisting to and just the fact that you can't see a lot of the ship because it's underwater."  - Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy.
So, journalists will not identify the sub, the injured sailor, his condition, or the proximate cause of a possible accident.  Naturally, this follows usual protocols when there has not been a fatality. Why the curiosity, then?

For this reason: Yesterday's (latest post) as of this writing at The Stupid Shall Be Punished blog ignored the injured sub sailor medevac story to go with a recycle an older blog asking "What's the strangest thing you've ever seen through the periscope?"   Equally curious was posting the topic on Saturday, which departs from his recent trends.  Lastly, and most curious perhaps, is that none of the 14 comments so far (through 3:58 PM) had even mentioned the medevac story yet. 

Why the blackout?  A fall inside a submarine is a rare event for any crew, especially for a fit 22-year-old man.  We sincerely hope any injury is minor, and his recovery speedy and complete.

We once had a tall nuclear officer rush up a ladder from crew's mess to the wardroom above and accidentally strike his head on the edge of the hatch. He lost consciousness and then fell to the deck below.  He was not medevac'd, nor was our mission delayed.  Just saying ...  Something about the story does not add up, and the blog on which facts and circumstances of unclassified events usually show up, seems to have rushed to re-do an old subject, or to change the subject.  

Don't expect the eventual cover story to reveal much, and we guarantee no one slipped on a banana peel; hydraulic oil? Well, that would certainly be a more plausible cover story.  As well a 'head' injury might describe where an injury may have occurred and that could have been misunderstood by landlubber reporters.  

Unlike the mainstream media's news cycle, deployed submarine crews rarely observe weekends, if that's what some of  you may have been thinking. 

Submarines are always silent and strange,

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