Indian Navy’s submarine INS Sindhurakshak sank at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai in wee hours after it catches fire due to an explosion in which 18 sailors are feared trapped. Meanwhile, Indian Defence ministry spokesperson said that the exact cause behind the explosion and fire on diesel-electric powered submarine is yet unknown and efforts are on to recue around 18 sailors who are feared inside the vessel.
As per reports, INS Sindhurakshak caught fire after an explosion at around 12.06 am and 16 fire engines along with water tankers, rescue vehicles and ambulances have been pressed into service to rescue trapped sailor. While newschannels claimed that Indian Navy officials had confirmed to them that the submarine had sunk.
Sources in Indian Navy said that INS Sindhurakshak was on not active duty at the time of incident and some injured sailors have been admitted in INHS Ashwini for treatment, however, there are no reports of any casualty in the mishap. As per reports, the submarine was upgraded at a Russian shipyard last year after fire mishap on INS Sidhurakshak in which one sailor had died while two others had suffered injuries.
Indian Navy had bought the 2300-tonne submarine from Russia as part of an early 1980s deal and commissioned it in 1997 and it is the ninth of the 10 Sindhugosh class diesel-electric powered vessel that the Navy has in its 16-vessel submarine fleet.