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India works to salvage sub as PM laments deadly accident

Published on Aug 15, 2013 11:48 AM

MUMBAI (AFP) - Indian divers and engineers struggled on Thursday to salvage a submarine that exploded with 18 crewmen on board, as the prime minister voiced "deep regret" over the accident which is feared to have left no survivors.

The fully armed INS Sindhurakshak, returned by its original manufacturer Russia earlier this year after a major refit, went up in flames at a Mumbai dock on Wednesday and sank.

Divers opened the main hatch on Wednesday and were seeking to secure two water-tight compartments before pumping out water to raise the diesel-powered vessel.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, addressing the nation in the traditional Independence Day speech at the Red Fort monument in Delhi, lamented the tragedy which represents a major setback for the rapidly modernising navy.

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