Two officers trapped in India submarine fire

Two officers of the Indian Navy were trapped and seven sailors injured after a fire broke out in the battery compartment of INS Sindhuratna, a submarine, off the Mumbai coast early Wednesday morning.


Nithin Belle

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Published: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:44 AM

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The sailors were airlifted to INS Ashwini, the naval hospital in Colaba, Mumbai. According to naval sources, a short-circuit could have triggered off the fire. The vessel was undergoing routine training off the Mumbai coast and there were 80 personnel on board, including a few senior officers.

The two officers who went missing could have been locked up in one of the compartments, which gets sealed in case of an accident, the sources claim. The sailors were suffocated after smoke entered their section. The accident happened barely six months after a major disaster struck in the Indian Navy involving the INS Sindhurakshak, which blew up and sank off the Mumbai harbour, killing all 18 personnel on board. Both the submarines involved in the accidents are Russian-built kilo-class vessels.

There has been a spate of accidents involving vessels of the Indian Navy of late, raising concerns at the higher levels. Surprisingly, the latest accident happened just weeks after the submarine underwent a refit at the naval dockyard here.

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