Tireless Explosion

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ROYAL Navy personnel could face criminal charges over the explosion aboard HMS Tireless which killed two submariners, it has emerged.
Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod, 20, and Leading Operator Mechanic Paul McCann, 32, were killed in the blast during an Arctic exercise in March 2007.
A Board of Inquiry into their deaths concluded it was caused by a self-contained oxygen generator (SCOG), which had likely been contaminated with oil.
Instead of boosting oxygen levels on board the Devonport-based nuclear-powered submarine, the canister was turned into “a rocket motorâ€.
A report by the Royal Navy Special Investigations Branch into possible charges of manslaughter by gross negligence was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It decided against any court action.
The case has now been referred to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and it is now studying the Board of Inquiry report and waiting for the findings of a further Ministry of Defence inquiry before it decides on possible action.
However, an HSE spokesman confirmed court action court be taken against Navy and MoD personnel even though the Armed Forces have “Crown Immunityâ€.

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