The head engineer of the shipbuilding-related company who had performed similar operations many times said the actions of the people tried to launch the boat were dilettantish.
"The colleagues should have fixed the ropes through the guardrails on both sides to control the launch. Put it simply, to prevent the boat from swaying to and fro", the engineer told Mil.Today. The expert added that putting a boat afloat was less of a problem with appropriate crew’s qualification.
Mil.Today failed to draw a prompt official comment from the FSB’s Coast Guard Service.
The shipyard’s press service withheld comments as well.
The Project 1496M1 modernized lead coast guard patrol boat, codename Lamantin, serial number 01408, was laid down at the Vympel shipyard on June 24, 2016. In November 2017, the boat moved to the outside acceptance base in Kerch for trials. As of December 28, the trials were underway.