Indian Navy scrambles to find 18 sailors trapped on submarine
MUMBAI (AFP) - A diesel-powered Indian submarine exploded and sank early on Wednesday in a dock in Mumbai, leaving rescuers scrambling to find 18 sailors who were on board.
The INS Sindhurakshak had been returned by Russia less than a year ago after a major refit and was submerged after the accident, navy sources said.
The accident comes just days after New Delhi trumpeted the launch of its first domestically produced aircraft carrier and the start of sea trials for its first Indian-made nuclear submarine.
Grainy and shaky amateur video footage taken by a witness showed the fierce explosion which lit up the sky at the naval dockyard shortly after midnight.