INS Sindhurakshak submarine submerges after explosion

Fri Aug 16 2013, 10:56 hrs
Eighteen sailors, including three officers, were feared dead when multiple explosions ripped through the torpedo compartment of one of India’s mainstay kilo-class submarines, INS Sindhurakshak. (IE Photo)
Eighteen sailors, including three officers, were feared dead when multiple explosions ripped through the torpedo compartment of one of India’s mainstay kilo-class submarines, INS Sindhurakshak. (IE Photo)
The explosion was likely an accident but an investigation was under way to establish the cause, the Navy said. (IE Photo)
The explosion was likely an accident but an investigation was under way to establish the cause, the Navy said. (IE Photo)
Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi, who called it a “catastrophe,” briefed Defence Minister A K Antony over the incident. (IE Photo)
Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi, who called it a “catastrophe,” briefed Defence Minister A K Antony over the incident. (IE Photo)
Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday condoled the death of naval personnel on the submarine INS Sindhurakshak that exploded and sank in the naval dockyard in Mumbai.  Ships are moored at a naval dockyard where a submarine caught fire and sank after an explosion early Wednesday in Mumbai. (AP)
Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday condoled the death of naval personnel on the submarine INS Sindhurakshak that exploded and sank in the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
Ships are moored at a naval dockyard where a submarine caught fire and sank after an explosion early Wednesday in Mumbai. (AP)
Defence Minister A K Antony briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the mishap before leaving for Mumbai where the incident took place. "I have briefed the Prime Minister on the fire...I am just now going to Mumbai to see and get the details there," Antony told reporters outside Parliament House.  Navy sailors walk at the naval dockyard where a submarine caught fire and sank after an explosion early Wednesday in Mumbai. (AP)
Defence Minister A K Antony briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the mishap before leaving for Mumbai where the incident took place. "I have briefed the Prime Minister on the fire...I am just now going to Mumbai to see and get the details there," Antony told reporters outside Parliament House.
Navy sailors walk at the naval dockyard where a submarine caught fire and sank after an explosion early Wednesday in Mumbai. (AP)
Navy sources, meanwhile, said that the explosion took place in the forward section of the Kilo class INS Sindhurakshak submarine which houses torpedoes and missiles.  A view of the naval dockyard in Mumbai where an explosion and a major fire broke out at the INS Sindhurakshak, a submarine, on Wednesday morning. (PTI)
Navy sources, meanwhile, said that the explosion took place in the forward section of the Kilo class INS Sindhurakshak submarine which houses torpedoes and missiles.
A view of the naval dockyard in Mumbai where an explosion and a major fire broke out at the INS Sindhurakshak, a submarine, on Wednesday morning. (PTI)
An explosion resulting in a major fire took place on board INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo class submarine of the Indian Navy, shortly after midnight. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
An explosion resulting in a major fire took place on board INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo class submarine of the Indian Navy, shortly after midnight. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
Fire tenders from the Naval Dockyard as well as the Mumbai Fire Brigade were immediately pressed into action. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
Fire tenders from the Naval Dockyard as well as the Mumbai Fire Brigade were immediately pressed into action. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
However, due to as yet unknown damage suffered as a result of the explosion, the submarine has submerged at her berth with only a portion visible above the surface. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
However, due to as yet unknown damage suffered as a result of the explosion, the submarine has submerged at her berth with only a portion visible above the surface. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
About 18 persons were on board the submarine at the time of the accident and efforts are on to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage of the submarine. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
About 18 persons were on board the submarine at the time of the accident and efforts are on to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage of the submarine. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
A Board of Inquiry is being instituted to investigate into the causes of the accident. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
A Board of Inquiry is being instituted to investigate into the causes of the accident. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

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