On 4 May 1986, just a few days after the initial disaster, mechanical engineer Alexei Ananenko, senior engineer Valeri Bespalov and shift supervisor Boris Baranov stepped forward to undertake a mission that many considered to be suicide.
What happened to the 3 divers at Chernobyl?
Contrary to reports that the three divers died of radiation sickness as a result of their action, all three survived. Shift leader Borys Baranov died in 2005, while Valery Bespalov and Oleksiy Ananenko, both chief engineers of one of the reactor sections, are still alive and live in the capital, Kiev.
Who were the 3 divers at Chernobyl?
The Chernobyl divers consisted of senior engineer Valeri Bespalov, the mechanical engineer Alexei Ananenko and shift supervisor Boris Baranov who all volunteered to go into the plant and open the sluice gates.
Did the 3 guys who went into Chernobyl die?
At the time they had reported that all three had died and been buried in tightly sealed zinc coffins. Ananenko and Bespalov received their awards in person, while Baranov, who died in 2005 of a heart attack, was awarded his posthumously.
Who was the hero of Chernobyl?
Valery LegasovKnown forChief Scientific Advisor of the commission investigating the Chernobyl disasterSpouse(s)Margarita Mikhailovna LegasovaChildrenInga Legasova Alexey ValerievichAwardsHero of the Russian Federation (posthumous) Order of Lenin Order of the Red Banner of Labour11 more rows
Did the divers survive Chernobyl?
The three men would live longer than a few weeks and none would succumb to ARS, as modern myth would have you believe. As of 2015, it was reported that two of the men were still alive and still working within the industry. The third man, Boris Baranov, passed away in 2005 of a heart attack.