Pranab Mukherjee saddened over loss of lives of Indian Naval personnel in INS Sindhurakshak explosion

Saturday, 17 August 2013 - 8:33am IST Updated: Saturday, 17 August 2013 - 8:53am IST | Agency: DNA

President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed his grief and sorrow on the loss of lives of Indian Naval personnel in an explosion in the INS Sindhurakshak.

“I am saddened to learn about the loss of lives of Indian Navy personnel in the tragic incident involving the INS Sindhurakshak submarine which caught fire after a massive explosion and sank in the dockyard, ” said president Mukherjee in his message to Navy Chief Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi. “I am sure that the Ministry of Defence and the State Government are providing all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones. Kindly convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I pray to the Almighty to give strength and courage to the families to bear this irreparable loss,” he added in his message.

Search and rescue operations continue on board, three days after it suffered an accidental fire and sank at Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard.  Fourteen people are still missing and feared dead.

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