No trace of 18 missing submariners as yet

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Mumbai: In the Indian Navy’s worst peacetime disaster,the 18 missing submariners of ‘INS Sindhurakshak’ that partially sank after two massive explosions and fire onboard the vessel on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday are yet to be traced.

Poor visibility, restricted spaces, displacement of most equipment from their original location and the melted hull are hampering the efforts by Navy divers to contact or sight the missing personnel.

Hope is fading fast as it has been almost 40 hours since the accident, even though Navy divers entered ‘INS Sindurakshak’ last evening.

The heat of the explosion has melted parts of the internal hull deforming the submarine hatches and preventing access to several compartments.

Heavy duty pumps are being used to pump out the water from the submarine. There has been large scale ingress of sea water into the submarine due to the explosion.

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