An Indian Navy officer, on board a submarine off the Mumbai coast, died while trying to save a colleague from being swept away on Monday.
The incident happened when Shankush, the Shishumar class submarine, surfaced and four sailors went up to the hull of the boat to carry out maintenance work, said sources.
“The sea was very choppy and a strong wave swept one of the sailors away. Commander Firdosh Mogal, executive officer of the ship, was on top of the submarine and tried to save him. But another wave swept the officer away,” said Captain Manohar Nambiar, chief public relations officer from the Ministry of Defence.
The Navy, along with the Coast Guards, rescued the sailor, but the officer died after his head hit the hull of the submarine. The rescue team retrieved his body. A case of accidental death has been registered at Yellow Gate police station.
In February, a naval submariner died on board a Kilo class submarine at Vishakha-patnam after a defective battery exploded.