Submarine mishap: death of 5 Navy sailors due to burns, drowning

DNA samples, dental marks taken; no shrapnels found in X-rays of the bones
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First Published: Sat, Aug 17 2013. 01 40 PM IST
A file photo of Indian Navy divers and personnel conning tower of the stricken INS Sindhurakshak, after the submarine sank following an explosion at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. Photo:  AFP/Ministry of defence
A file photo of Indian Navy divers and personnel conning tower of the stricken INS Sindhurakshak, after the submarine sank following an explosion at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. Photo: AFP/Ministry of defence
Mumbai: The autopsy conducted on five navy men, whose bodies were extricated from submarine INS Sindhurakshak, has found that they died due to severe burns and drowning, even as divers on Saturday continued search operations for other personnel who were on board.
Doctors at the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai have completed post-mortem on the bodies, sources said.
“DNA samples and dental marks have been taken (to ascertain their identity),” an official said, adding all these will be sent for forensic analysis.
In one of the worst disasters to have struck the Indian Navy, a series of explosions rocked the Russian-made Kilo class submarine at the dockyard in Mumbai on the midnight of 13 August, sinking it partially in the shallow sea.
Only five bodies of the 18 navy personnel on board the ill-fated submarine, including three officers, have been pulled out.
The bodies of the Navy men were charred beyond recognition, but tissues were found to be intact, sources said, adding other details will be known only after receiving the forensic report.
X-rays of the bones indicated that no shrapnels were found, they added.
On Friday, a case of accidental death under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code was registered on a complaint filed by Gopal Singh Rajput, a doctor in the frontline submarine.
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