Four Indian Navy personnel -- two officers and two sailors -- were killed today in a tragic accident at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam on the country's Eastern seaboard. In a statement a few minutes ago, the Navy said, "The Indian Navy regrets to inform the occurrence of an accident at Naval Dockyard (Visakhapatnam) due to collapse of a docking gate during routine operations that were being undertaken today, 18 May 11. While the cause of the accident and other details are being ascertained, we can confirm with deep sorrow that two officers and one sailor lost their lives and one sailor injured [the fourth was confirmed to have passed away shortly after this statement was issued]. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to the accident."
Deepest condolences to the families of Commander Ashwani Kumar (47 years old), Commander Ranbir Ranjan (30) and sailors Madhu Babu (31) and Rajesh (30). R.I.P.
Labels: Accidents, Navy, Warships And Submarines