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Video: Indian Navy submarine catches fire, 18 sailors feared trapped

14 August 2013 02:52 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A huge explosion accompanied by a fire rocked an Indian Navy submarine docked in the high security Naval dockyard early on Wednesday, officials said. At least 18 people are feared trapped in the vessel.

The blast followed by a fire occurred shortly after midnight on the INS Sindhurakshak submarine. Many sailors on board the submarine reportedly jumped off to safety.

"There is likelihood of some personnel being trapped inside. The details are being ascertained," an official defence ministry statement issued at 3.15 a.m. said.

The details of other casualty figures were not immediately available though some injured sailors have been rushed to naval hospital INHS Ashvini in Colaba.

The cause of the explosion and blaze, as well as the extent of damage to the submarine and naval properties, is still not known.

At least 16 fire tenders of Mumbai Fire Brigade and Mumbai Port Trust were rushed to assist the naval fire brigade to douse the conflagration, the smoke emanating from which could be seen in many parts of south Mumbai.

A fire brigade official said that around 3 a.m., the blaze had been brought under control and prevented from spreading to other vessels docked in the vicinity.

The blast was first heard ashore by deputy chief fire office P.S. Rahandale who was on leave and attending a private engagement near the Gateway of India promenade. He immediately alerted the fire brigade and other emergency services.

An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident, officials said. (Source: NDTV)

  Comments - 19

  • Ravan power Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    this is God's punishment via DM Android App

    Abr Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:26 AM

    Indian method of birth control

    Abr Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:20 AM

    India an Indians are are cheap and cheerful lot.

    raviraj Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:21 AM

    you SriLankans only deserve Chinese Technology-like Norocholai Power Plant and a Port where ships cannot enter

    martin thomas Wednesday, 14 August 2013 06:25 PM

    China man must have had a hand in it. Recently they were sigihed in an arround that area. Who knows what is happening there.

    lal Wednesday, 14 August 2013 10:16 AM

    Cheap and nasty. What's next, thier all India aircraft carrier or kundakulam reactor?

    dias Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:58 AM

    LTTE ?????

    Sammy Wednesday, 14 August 2013 07:01 AM

    Still Nano cars are on the increase in Sri Lankan roads. So who's cheaper.

    kumar Wednesday, 14 August 2013 06:45 AM

    Actually many of those jumping to blame Indian technology should realize that you guys are not capable for producing a single bicycle at you own.

    kumar Wednesday, 14 August 2013 06:42 AM

    Don't worry hereafter they will buy weapons from Sri Lanka.

    ANTON Wednesday, 14 August 2013 02:59 AM


    arun Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    looks like Suq Madique is anti Nano. Well, despite your two negative comments, it has proved to be a hit in Sri Lanka. No one seems to be unhappy with this car. via DM Android App

    ban Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:47 AM

    Indian Technology !

    suresh Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:47 AM

    Hope we dont get the blame for this

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:40 AM

    Powered by Nano car engines??

    ruwan Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:34 AM

    i have seen one of their cars catching fire near william grinding mills, have seen their trains break down in the middle of nowhere, so this is no surprice. welcome to indian technology

    No Hope Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:27 AM

    What to do?? Made in India.

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:19 AM

    Simple... Submerge It !

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:00 AM

    As it is is with most Indian and unreliable, like the Nano car.

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