Naval vessel mishap: Search on for four missing sailors

Two days after an Indian naval vessel sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam, search is on to rescue the four missing sailors.

Visakhapatnam: Two days after an Indian naval vessel sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam, search is on to rescue the four missing sailors.

One sailor had died after a Torpedo Recovery Vessel sank off the Visakhapatnam coast on Thursday evening. 23 others were rescued from the sea.

The incident happened at around 8:00 pm during a naval exercise.

The Navy has already ordered a Board of Inquiry into the incident.

“The vessel was on a routine mission to recover (dummy) torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise, when it experienced flooding in one of its compartments,” the Navy had said in a statement.

“The incident happened within 10-15 kms off Vizag post,” a Navy spokesperson separately said.

The Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV) is an auxiliary vessel which is used to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships and submarines.

The ship, which is 23 meters long and 6.5 meters at the beam, was built by Goa Shipyard in 1983 and has served the Indian Navy for the last 31 years.

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