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Two naval officers found dead in India's submarine accident

Published on Feb 27, 2014 5:46 PM
In this handout photograph released by the Ministry of Defence on Aug 14, 2013, Chief for Indian Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi (left) briefs Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony (centre) at the scene as Indian Navy personnel work at the conning tower of the stricken INS Sindhurakshak, after the submarine sank following an explosion at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. Two Indian naval officers who went missing after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai have been found dead, the defence ministry said on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - Two Indian naval officers were found dead on Thursday after they went missing in a submarine fire off Mumbai's coast, the latest in a string of accidents that have forced the navy's chief to quit.

Seven other crew members were airlifted to hospital with breathing problems after smoke began to fill the vessel's living quarters on Wednesday, an accident that comes only six months after another deadly submarine disaster in Mumbai.

"The two officers who were earlier declared missing have been located in the (submarine) compartment and after examination by Medical Officers both the officers were declared dead," said an emailed statement from the defence ministry.

Admiral D.K. Joshi, the chief of naval staff, announced on Wednesday night he was standing down to take "moral responsibility" for the accident on board the Russian-built INS Sindhuratna during exercises.

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