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Oct 22, 2010 8:10 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

UK nuclear submarine grounded in accident

LONDON (AP) - Britain's defense ministry says a nuclear-powered submarine has been involved in an accident off the coast of Scotland.

Officials confirmed the vessel involved was HMS Astute, one of Britain's fleet of submarines powered by a nuclear reactor.

The defense ministry insisted in a statement that the accident was not a nuclear incident, and that no injuries had been caused. According to media reports, the attack submarine has become grounded on rocks off the Isle of Skye.

The ministry said Friday the submarine remains watertight, and that there is no indication of any environmental problems as a result of the accident. Defense staff are responding.

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