Mumbai: An Indian Navy officer died due to
head injuries while saving other sailors who had fallen into
the sea from a submarine off the coast of Mumbai this morning.
"Lieutenant Commander Firdaus D Moghal, Executive Officer
of Indian Naval Submarine `Shankush`, died in an accident off
Mumbai while saving the lives of fellow personnel who had
fallen in the sea," Navy officials said here.
The Shankush, a German-origin HDW `Shishumar`-class
diesel-electric submarine, was on a planned exercise in sea
when it developed a defect which necessitated the maintenance
crew to come out on the casing and attempt repairs, they said.
"While coming out for effecting repairs, the maintenance
team was washed overboard as the state of the sea was very
rough and rescue operations led by Lt Cdr Firdaus were
launched to recover them," they added.
During the operation, the officer also fell into the
sea and suffered injuries on his forehead.
"He was rescued by a helicopter and administered first-
aid also but could not be revived. The post-mortem report has
indicated death by drowning due to an injury," officials said.
Commissioned on January 1, 1988, Lt Cdr Firdaus is
survived by his wife Kerzinn and a two-year-old son.
This is the second such incident involving Indian
submarines in the last two months as two of them had suffered
minor damage in a collision at a jetty here in July when one
of the vessels was attempting parallel berthing with the