August 19th, 2009

12oz

RIP

Imagine yourself an ordinary day. You wake up early, you have a light breakfast, by 7 a.m. you're already on the way to you job. It's a small tram that takes you there. 30 minutes and you pass through a check point at the gates. You enter the turbine hall of a large power station, you get to the elevator, which brings you down to the technical level several meters below the floor of the turbine hall. By 8 a.m. you have already changed and after having a little chat with the night shift crew fellows, you are having another cup of coffee in a small recreation room. Everithing as per usual routine, nothing special today. But suddenly, you feel some strange noise added to the regular sound of distant water and humming of transformers mixed with roar of turbines. Then, some booming sounds, something is crashing above, you rush out to the corridor and see a wave of dirty water mixed with oil from exploded transformers. Lights go out. Instinctively in total darkness you try to run the other way, but at the background of confusion in your mind you realize, that the only way to escape is to go towards the water, because the elevator shaft is there. Still you run away as a blind man, some screams reaching you from behind. Then water gets to you, you fall and it drags you along. You almost drowning, but then you grab some handle and manage to get yourself to some room which door was open to the corridor. You get on top of a locker, the water now is higher and entrance to this room is under the water level. There's probably couple of feet between room ceiling and the water. It's very very cold. You realize that you're trapped in an air-pocket, 150 feet away from the elevator shaft and 30 feet below the turbine hall, probably that means 30 feet below the water level. Your're shivering all soaked. Emergency lights kick in. After all those sudden loud noises everithing gets quiet. No sounds at all. The plant is shut down. In a few minutes you begin to hear banging. Someone trapped as well banging the pipe. Steady sound of metal to metal banging. The last sound you hear before you die.

Hope it's only my stupid imagination, because experts say that the force of hydrolic impact was so great that most of the victims died instantly.

UPDATE: Just found out that 2 people were rescued, they spent more than 15 hours in an air pockets, rescuer heard the sounds and could locate them.

Out of those people who were on duty at Sayano-Shushenskaya power station:
18 dead
62 are missing, but now most probably dead.

Rest in peace.

That's how turbine hall used to look like.



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