One dead and another seriously injured in Royal Navy submarine shooting

HMS Astute
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A MAN has been died and another seriously injured after a shooting on board the Royal Navy’s new nuclear submarine HMS Astute.

Hampshire police were called to Southampton docks at 12.12pm today following reports of a shooting.

They arrested one man, a rating on the boat’s crew, following the incident on board the submarine, which is in the middle of a five day visit to the city.

The man shot dead was an officer on board the vessel. Police say the incident was not terrorist-related.

The other man shot was a sailor on the submarine.

Southampton City Council’s mayor, leader and chief executive were on board HMS Astute when a fatal shooting happened. None of the dignitaries were injured.

A police statement said: ‘Hampshire police were called by their Ministry of Defence colleagues at 12.12pm and are currently liaising with them to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

‘It is believed two people have sustained injuries as a result of gun shots being discharged on the vessel. People should be reassured there is no risk to public safety.‘

South Central Ambulance Service was called to HMS Astute at 12.09pm.

A spokeswoman said Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance, two ambulances, an ambulance supervisor, emergency care practitioner and two BASICS doctors attended to treat two patients.

She said: ‘One patient sustained serious injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital by land ambulance. The other patient sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene.’

Police said next of kin have not been notified, but officers are in the process informing the families.

‘No further details about the injured people will be released until this has been done,’ a spokeswoman said.

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: ‘I am greatly saddened to hear of this incident and of the death of a Royal Navy Service person in this tragic incident. It is right and proper that a full police investigation is carried out and allowed to take its course. My thoughts and sympathies are with those who have been affected and their families.’

The boat arrived in Southampton on Wednesday, following 46 days at sea for the 98-strong crew, for an informal five day visit.

The submarine was at 38/9 berth, with a 50 metre exclusion zone being patrolled by MoD police officers at all times.