A sad loss.What happened??? BBC Website Friday, 29 December 2006, 17:36 GMT "Two crew die in submarine tragedy Ships have to go through the Sound to get to the city's naval base Two members of an American submarine have died after getting into trouble in Plymouth Sound. They were among four crew who had become stuck on casing on the outside of the USS Minneapolis-St Paul and could not get back inside. A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, a tug boat and a lifeboat were sent to the crew's aid while they were tied on to the side of the 110m (362ft) vessel. They were brought back to shore and taken by ambulance to hospital. 'Battered about' A spokesman for Brixham Coastguard said: "The four got into difficulties while on the outer casing of the submarine. "They were unable to get back on board, they were tied on but getting battered about by the weather. "A helicopter was launched along with the Plymouth lifeboat and a tug and they were brought in." A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman confirmed two of the crew were pronounced dead on Friday afternoon and the coroner was being informed. The American nuclear-powered attack submarine, which is based in Norfolk, Virginia, has a crew of 110 and can reach speeds exceeding 25 knots (29mph). Its weapons include torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Ministry of Defence said it could not comment on what the vessel was doing in British waters. However, submarines have to travel through the Sound to get to and from the city's Devonport Naval Base."