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INS Sindhurakshak tragedy: Navy inquiry yet to be completed

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 20:23

Vishakhapatnam: Almost three months after the INS Sindhurakshak sank in the Mumbai harbour area, the Navy is yet to complete its inquiry to ascertain the reasons behind the accident.

"Of course, it was a tragedy that should not have happened. Lessons (from the mishap) would be learnt only after we have concluded the inquiry process. We are waiting for the floating of the boat," Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi told a TV news channel.

He said the Navy has identified five renowned salvaging firms and the force would know by Monday about the lowest bidder in the tender.

Soon after the mishap on August 14, the Navy chief had said that the Board of Inquiry into the incident would be completed within a month but the inquiry is yet to be completed.

The Navy Chief said the forensic evidence inside the vessel would be known only after the vessel is brought up and the "BoI would be able to complete its proceedings".

The INS Sindhurakshak had sunk before sailing out for a secret mission in the Mumbai`s Navy harbour killing all 18 persons on board.

The Navy Chief was yesterday in Vishakhapatnam to induct the Hawk trainer aircraft at the naval base and also went on board INS Jalashwa on a sea sortie in the Bay of Bengal.

First Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 20:23

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