At 4.20am on Wednesday 21st March, 2007 whilst on exercise in the Arctic as members of the crew of HMS Tireless, a Trafalgar class submarine , Anthony Huntrod and Paul McCann died as a consequence of a tragic accident on board.
Anthony Huntrod was an Operator Maintainer (Weapons Submariner) 2 and Paul McCann was a Leading Operator Mechanic serving with HMS Tireless in the Royal Navy.
One other submariner was also injured. He was airlifted to a US military hospital, where he remains. His injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.
It is thought that the accident involved a piece of air-purification equipment in the forward section of the submarine.
OM (WS) 2 Anthony Huntrod from Sunderland, aged 20, was born on 7 October 1986 and joined the Royal Navy in 2005. He joined HMS Tireless in June 2006 and deployed to the Polar Ice Cap at the beginning of March 2007.
He recently qualified as a submariner onboard HMS Tireless, gaining the coveted award of the 'Dolphins' badge. During this initial training period, his positive approach, determination to succeed and huge heart very quickly ensured he gained the admiration and trust of the ship's company. His infectious enthusiasm was impossible not to notice.
A personable man, keen to further enhance his career, he recently joined the combat computer section, immediately impressing with his eagerness to learn and personable nature.
The Commanding Officer of HMS Tireless Commander Iain Breckenridge RN said:
"I consider myself fortunate and privileged to have worked with such a committed, capable and effervescent young man and it was rare that I talked to him without both of us breaking into beaming smiles.
"Anthony stood at the cusp of a successful career. His loss has been profoundly felt by all onboard but our thoughts are very much with his family and friends to whom every man onboard HMS Tireless passes his deepest sympathy."
His shipmates added that Anthony had seamlessly adapted to the difficult and demanding life of the submariner and had quickly earned the trust and respect of all onboard.
A statement from Anthony's family reads:
"Anthony was our son. We will miss him. He will be greatly missed by us for the rest of our lives. He was over the moon when he joined the Navy two years ago. He greatly loved the Navy and the job that he did."