The Mumbai police, on Tuesday, said they found some significant evidence during their investigation into the INS Vindhyagiri-MV Nord Lake collision on Sunday.
Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (Port Zone) said the police had also collected video footage recorded by several people onboard Vindhyagiri.
The Yellow Gate police said they had started collecting communication logs of MV Nord Lake. “We are collecting communication details such as orders by the captain, navigation data, etc. The video footage is being scrutinised along with the communication details to see if there is any correlation. We have also started recording eyewitness accounts,” Khalid said.
A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged at Yellow Gate police station against merchant vessel MV Nord Lake. The matter is also being probed by director general of shipping alongside the board of inquiry constituted by the Navy as well as the police.
According to the police, all 150 people who were onboard were successfully rescued. Most of the arms and ammunition onboard the ship was also removed in time.
“There was a minor oil spill, but it was contained in time by the Coast Guard. Plus, most of the oil was burnt before it spilled in the fire that broke out,” Khalid said.
INS Vindhyagiri — a frontline Naval frigate of the Indian Navy — collided with MV Nord Lake around 4.45 pm near Sunk Rock Light House off the Mumbai coast on Sunday evening.
The naval ship that has suffered major damages has touched the seabed, sources in the Navy said.
Around 18 to 19 ships had set sail on Saturday along with family members of Navy personnel as part of the ‘family’s day at sea’ event, when the incident happened.
MV Nord Lake was being piloted out by a Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust pilot, and was in middle ground, when it collided with the naval ship.