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Two found dead after Indian submarine accident

Two Indian naval officers who went missing after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai have been found dead, the defence ministry said Thursday. Wednesay's incident on board the Russian-built INS Sindhuratna, the latest in a string of naval mishaps, also left seven crew members injured and led the chief of naval staff to resign. "The two officers who were earlier declared missing have been located in the (submarine) compartment and after examination by Medical Officers both the officers were declared dead," said an emailed statement.

3 Bodies recovered from stricken Indian sub

New Delhi, Aug 16 (EFE).- Divers on Friday recovered the bodies of three of the 18 people thought to have died aboard a submarine that sank in Mumbai harbor, an Indian navy spokesman told Efe. The operation will continue until all the bodies are found, P.V.S. Satish said. While many of the crew managed to leap into the water, three officers and 15 sailors were trapped aboard the diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak when it sank in the wee hours of Wednesday after a fire and several explosions. An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the blaze.

India sub disaster yields 5 bodies, no chance of survivors

The bodies of five sailors from an Indian Navy submarine that exploded and sank Wednesday were recovered Friday, leaving 13 sailors still missing and feared dead, local media reports said. The incident involving the Russian-made diesel-electric submarine occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday at a naval dockyard in Mumbai, but diving teams were unable to reach the inner compartments of the vessel until Friday morning. Kyodo News International reported three bodies were charred beyond recognition and have been sent to a nearby naval hospital for DNA identification.

Indian divers struggle to find victims of blasts on submarine

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - - Divers struggled in poor visibility inside an Indian navy submarine on Thursday to find 18 sailors who were inside the vessel when some of its weapons detonated and a fire swept through it as it lay berthed in a Mumbai base.

18 Feared dead aboard sunken Indian navy sub

New Delhi, Aug 14 (EFE).- Divers have detected no signs of life aboard the submarine that sank in Mumbai harbor, the Indian navy said Wednesday. While many sailors managed to leap into the water, 18 remain trapped aboard the diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak, which went down in the wee hours after a fire and several explosions. "We hope for the best, but we are prepared for the worst," the Indian navy commander, Adm. Ravendra Kumar Joshin, said.

Russia distances itself from India sub disaster

Russia on Wednesday sought to guard its reputation as a supplier of military hardware by distancing itself from a deadly accident on an Indian submarine that its manufacturers had built and recently repaired. The 2,300-tonne diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak exploded and caught fire while docked in Mumbai early Wednesday on the eve of India's Independence Day holiday. The fully-loaded boat partially sank with 18 seamen on board. India's defence minister said a still-unknown number of personnel had "lost their lives in service of the country."

India says submarine crew members killed in explosion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An explosion on an Indian submarine on Wednesday killed crew members, India's defense minister said, giving no further details of what he described as one of the greatest tragedies of recent times. Earlier the navy said 18 sailors were trapped after an explosion and fire on board the conventionally powered submarine INS Sindhurakshak in the coastal city of Mumbai.

Indian navy sub catches fire, 18 sailors feared trapped: reports

An explosion followed by a major fire occurred on an Indian navy submarine docked in Mumbai early Wednesday, possibly trapping 18 people inside, the Press Trust of India reported. The incident occurred shortly after midnight on the INS Sindhurakshak submarine, which has since sunk, PTI said. A navy official was quoted as saying the fate of 18 people who were on the Russian-made, diesel-electric submarine is being ascertained. The navy has ordered an inquiry, the report said.

Indian submarine explodes with 18 on board

A recently refurbished Indian submarine exploded and sank early Wednesday in a dock in Mumbai, leaving rescuers scrambling to find 18 sailors who were on board. The diesel-electric INS Sindhurakshak had been returned by Russia less than a year ago after a major refit and was totally submerged after the accident, navy sources said. The NDTV channel showed grainy and shaky footage of the fierce explosion which lit up the sky at the naval dockyard shortly after midnight.
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