INS Sindhurakshak tragedy: 3 bodies recovered, survivors unlikely
Mumbai: Two days after the tragic sinking of India’s frontline submarine INS Sindhurakshak , Navy divers, Friday, have managed to locate bodies of three of the 18 missing personnel.
In a bid to ascertain their identity, the bodies, which have been severely disfigured, have been sent for DNA test. Finding any survivors is now unlikely, says the Navy.
The personnel include 15 sailors and, Lieutenant Commanders Nikhilesh Pal, Alok Kumar and R Venkitaraj. INS Sindhurakshak sank after a series of blasts led and fire just after midnight on August 14.
Despite putting in their best efforts, rescuers have been finding it difficult to break into the submarine as the heat of the explosion has melted parts of the internal hull deforming the submarine hatches and has prevented access to the compartments. The main hatch was opened last afternoon.
The Navy has also been trying to pump out water from the ship but the operation has met with limited success till now as there has been large scale ingress of sea water into the submarine due to the explosion.
The Navy is expected to issue a statement later today.
The diesel-electric submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1997 at a cost of around Rs 400 crore and had gone through a Rs 450-crore extensive upgrade in Russia.
The 2300-tonne Kilo class submarine, powered by a combination of diesel generators and electric batteries, had potent weapons package including the anti-ship ‘Club’ missiles.
The list of missing INS Sindhurakshak crew
Officers – Rank
Nikhilesh Pal – Lieutenant Commander
Alok Kumar – Lieutenant Commander
R Venkitaraj – Lieutenant commander
Sailors – Rank
Sanjeev Kumar – PO UW I
KC Upadhyay – PO UW I
Timothy Sinha – PO UW I
Kewal Singh – LS UC I
Sunil Kumar – SEA I UW III
Dasari Prasad – MECH(R) 2
Liju Lawrence – LEMP
Rajesh Tootika – LME
Amit K Singh – STD I
Atul Sharma – SEA I
Vikas E – SEA I
Naruttam Deuri – ME I
Malay Haldar – EMR II
Vishnu V – RO II
Seetaram Badapalli – LS RP I