Mumbai, Mar 3 IBNS | 9 months ago

A preliminary inquiry set up to probe into the INS Sindhuratna mishap, on Monday said the accident took place due to a fire in some cables in the submarine.

Earlier, reports said the fire in the submarine was caused by some faulty batteries.

The Indian Navy on Feb 27 said it has set up a probe panel to investigate the INS Sindhuratna mishap that killed two sailors and injured seven others.

"The aim is to ventilate the submarine ... establish the cause of all incidents and to recommend steps for continuing safe operations of submarines," said a statement issued by the Navy.

The two sailors, who had gone missing after the INS Sindhuratna, were declared dead by the Indian Navy on Feb 27.

"The Navy said the two officers - Lieutenant Commander Kapish Muwal from Delhi and Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar from Jamshedpur - were trapped for over 24 hours in a compartment filled with toxic smoke and died of asphyxiation," reported CNN-IBN.

At least two sailors died and seven other Navy personnel were injured in a mishap inside the INS Sindhuratna, a Kilo-class submarine, off the Mumbai coast on Feb 26.

"Smoke was seen coming out of the vessel during a routine exercise. It was brought under control within 24 hours," said Navy PRO Rahul Sinha.

INS Sindhuratna (S59) is a Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy.

In August last year, at least 18 Navy personnel were killed in a fire onboard INS Sindhurakshak submarine that sank after an explosion.

(Posted on 03-03-2014)

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