Germany sending underwater photographers to Nord Stream leak

A diving team from Germany has been dispatched to photograph ruptured natural gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2.
Photo: HANDOUT/AFP / 2022 Planet Labs PBC
Photo: HANDOUT/AFP / 2022 Planet Labs PBC

Germany’s navy and police have dispatched a team of investigators to examine the sabotaged natural gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Baltic Sea.

For some stretch of time, it has been known that Germany would be involved in a collaboration with Sweden and Denmark in examining the conditions surrounding the sabotage of the two major pipelines.

Sunday night, more details emerged on how Germany aims to contribute to the investigation.

German police confirm a dispatch to the site to news agency dpa. According to the police, a team has been ”deployed in the Baltic Sea near the island of Bornholm with the support of the navy and a Federal Police vessel.”

According to a document obtained and reviewed by German media NDR and WDR, the police divers will photograph the natural gas pipelines themselves to gain insight into the exact nature of the sabotage action against them, writes dpa.

Several media reported last week that police chief Dieter Romann had requested aid from German military ”to obtain a picture of the situation regarding the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea,” later confirmed by the police.

On Sept. 27, news broke of the ruptured Nord Stream 1, which runs form Russia to Germany.

Danish and Swedish authorities have since reported a total of four leaks from the two pipelines.

It is the ”clear assessment” of Danish authorities that the incidents were deliberate, said Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in a press conference upon its announcement.

Swedish Security Service, Säpo, have also investigated the leaks and determined that the damage was caused by detonations near the pipelines.

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