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The Navy still is investigating the cause of the Dec. 1 steam-leak accident on the USS Frank Cable that injured eight sailors, a Pacific Submarine Force spokesman in Hawaii said Wednesday.

Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Davis said five remain in critical condition at the Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with “serious burns.”

The sailors were performing maintenance when a steam line ruptured on the boiler deck of the 7th Fleet submarine tender, which was moored at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor after returning from sea earlier that day.

A 24-year-old petty officer third class, one of six medevaced to the mainland United States, was discharged Tuesday but will continue treatment as an outpatient, Davis said. Two others were treated and released from Naval Hospital Guam the night of Dec. 1.

The Navy has not identified any of the victims.

Of the five sailors at Brooke listed as “very seriously ill,” the youngest is a 20-year-old petty officer third class select; the oldest is a 42-year-old chief petty officer.


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