|This TV screen grab of Indian Times Now channel shows an India submarine exploding in Mumbai, India, Aug. 14, 2013. An India submarine exploded and sank in Mumbai on Wednesday and 18 sailors on board were feared trapped. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
MUMBAI, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony said Wednesday that all the 18 sailors trapped in a submarine which caught fire, exploded and sank are feared dead, reported local TV channel Times Now.
Antony, who will brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the explosion, also said he felt sad for those sailors who have lost their life in the navy disaster.
A Russian-made submarine of the Indian Navy caught fire, exploded and sank at a major navy dockyard in downtown Mumbai shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
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Indian Navy submarine blasts, 18 sailors feared trapped
MUMBAI, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Indian Navy's INS Sindhurakshak submarine at the Mumbai Naval Dockyard blasted and then caught fire early Wednesday morning, with 18 sailors feared trapped inside the gutted vessel, local news channel NDTV said.
According to navy officials, the submarine blasted around 12 p. m. in the midnight, and soon it was on major fire. Sailors on board jumped off the ship for safety. Local residents even can saw fire and heavy smoke from the spot. Full story
India's leading submarine gutted, another partially damaged in explosion at Mumbai port
NEW DELHI, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Just two days after India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier, the country suffered a major setback after a major fire, triggered by a huge explosion, gutted one of its submarines and partially damaged another at Mumbai naval dockyard in the early hours of Wednesday.
"The explosion took place soon after midnight on board Indian Navy's newly modified submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, docked at the high-security naval dockyard in Mumbai. It was gutted in the fire and INS Sindhuratna, another submarine berthed nearby, also got damaged in the explosion," the sources said. Full story
Indian defense minister expresses sadness over death of sailors
NEW DELHI, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday said that he feels sad about the sailors who lost their lives in the fire on an Indian Navy submarine in Mumbai.
"I feel sad about those navy personnel who lost their lives for the country," Antony told reporters outside parliament. Full story