4 bodies found in Indian submarine, survivors 'unlikely'
MUMBAI (AFP) - India’s navy on Friday retrieved four charred bodies from a submarine that exploded in a Mumbai dockyard, and said it was unlikely any of the other 14 missing crewmen would be found alive.
The diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak sank in a military dockyard early on Wednesday, dealing a setback to India’s naval ambitions just days after it unveiled its first domestically made aircraft carrier.
Navy divers managed to enter the vessel, whose forward section was totally destroyed in the fire, but their progress was hampered by extreme heat, poor visibility and mangled hatches.
The first bodies were retrieved from the most easily accessible compartments on Friday and have been sent for DNA testing because severe burns prevented their identification, a navy statement said.