New Delhi, June 10: A sailor of the Indian Navy and a civilian worker, died onboard Indian Navy Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya after a toxic gas leaked on the vessel on Friday.Also Read - Kerala Floods: Over 6 Dead, Many Missing As Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc, Sabarimala Pilgrimage Deferred | 10 Points
The incident took place on Friday evening at around 5:00 PM while the vessel was undergoing maintenance work at Karwar. Four sailors, including two navy officers and two civilian workers had reportedly inhaled toxic gas while maintenance work was carried out in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) compartment. Two naval officers have been admitted to the Naval Hospital in Karwar where they are been treated, whereas the other two were reported dead by the hospital authorities. Also Read - Uttarakhand Avalanche: Bodies of 4 Mountaineers Recovered, Search For 2 Others Underway
The two deceased sailors are identified as Rakesh Kumar and Mohandas Kolambkar, both employee of M/s Royal Marine, succumbed due to inhaling the toxic gas. The condition of four sailors is said to be stable right now. Following the incident the Indian Navy has ordered a high level inquiry into the incident. Read Also: (PM Narendra Modi presides over commanders’ conference aboard INS Vikramaditya) Also Read - Indian Navy Recruitment 2021: Golden Chance to Become SSC Officer. Check Vacancies, Eligibility, Other Details
Last year in December Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited INS Vikramaditya vessel where he addressed the Combined Commanders Conference on board, about 50 kms off the Kochi coast. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, all three services chiefs and other senior officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force were also present there.
INS Vikramaditya is a modified Russian-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. Since then the carrier has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of India. INS Vikramaditya is India’s largest naval ship and equipped with a variety of integral weapons and sensors. The ship is currently under refit at naval base in Karwar, Karnataka since June 1.