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Indian navy hunts for two missing sailors after chief quits over submarine fire

Published on Feb 27, 2014 3:31 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A stricken Indian submarine docked in Mumbai on Thursday, allowing investigators to begin probing a fire which is feared to have killed two sailors and forced the navy chief to quit.

Seven other crew members were airlifted to hospital with breathing problems after Wednesday's accident, which came only six months after another deadly submarine disaster in Mumbai.

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

Naval spokesman Captain D.K. Sharma told AFP that the submarine had docked in Mumbai on Thursday morning, which would allow the navy to step up its search for the two sailors who are still unaccounted for.

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