Navy vessel sinks off Visakhapatnam coast during exercise, one dead, 4 missing
VISAKHAPATNAM: A Torpedo Recovery Vessel of Indian
Navy on Thursday sunk off the Visakhapatnam coast during a naval exercise
killing one sailor while four others went missing.
Around 23 people have been rescued and a search and
rescue operation was launched for the missing. At the time of the incident
which occurred at 8 pm, there were 28 personnel on board.
“The vessel was on a routine mission to recover
torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise, when it experienced
flooding in one of its compartments,” the Navy said.
“One sailor has lost his life during the rescue
operation and four personnel are reported missing. 23 personnel have been
rescued safely by the Search and Rescue (SAR) ships dispatched to the area,”
Navy said in a statement issued in Delhi.
Navy officials said the flooding happened when the
vessel was on its way back after collecting the “dummy” torpedo that was used
in the exercise. “The incident happened within 10-15 kms off Vizag post,” a
Navy spokesperson said in Visakhapatnam. The boat sunk because of “some
flooding”, he 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
The accident is one of the many that the Navy has
witnessed over the last year. Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan took over as the
Chief of the Naval Staff on April 17 this year, after his predecessor D K Joshi
quit following a series of accidents.
Admiral Joshi’s resignation came immediately after a
fire on the INS Sindhuratna, which left two sailors dead. On October 31, INS
Kora suffered minor damage after it was scraped by a merchant vessel near