Indian Sailors Die After Submarine Explosion, Fire in Mumbai

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 14, 2013 Updated: August 14, 2013

Some Indian Navy sailors died on August 14 after an early morning submarine explosion and fire in Mumbai.

The number of dead was not revealed by the Defense Minister, AK Antony, who confirmed the deaths, but it is known that 18 sailors were trapped in the submarine when it submerged after the explosion and fire.

The explosion happened not too long after midnight, according to local journalists, and prompted sailors on the submarine and nearby to jump into the water.

Injured sailors were taken to the naval hospital while firefighters and other personnel tried to free the trapped sailors.

No reports have indicated that any of the sailors were freed.

Story developing; check back for updates. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.