2 dead in gas leak on INS Vikra­ma­ditya

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Press Trust of In­dia ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: At least two peo­ple, in­clud­ing a civil­ian, were on Fri­day killed and an­other two in­jured fol­low­ing leak­age of toxic fumes from the sewage plant on board Rus­sian-made air­craft car­rier INS Vikra­ma­ditya, which was un­der­go­ing re­pairs at Kar­war in Karnataka.

The in­ci­dent of gas leak­age took place at around 5pm while the ship was un­der­go­ing main­te­nance re­pairs.

“Main­te­nance work was be­ing un­der­taken in the Sewage Treat­ment Plant (STP) com­part­ment. Due to in­hala­tion of the toxic fumes, four per­son­nel [two naval sailors and two civil­ian work­ers] were evac­u­ated to Naval Hos­pi­tal at Kar­war,” a state­ment by the In­dian Navy said.

The Navy has or­dered an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent and ac­tion has been taken to ren­der the com­part­ment and area on the ship safe.

The vic­tims were iden­ti­fed as Ship­wright Ar­ti­fi­cer Class 4, Rakesh Ku­mar and Mo­han­das Ko­lam­bkar, an em­ployee of Royal Marine.

INS Vikra­ma­ditya is In­dia’s largest naval ship and equipped with a va­ri­ety of in­te­gral weapons and sen­sors and it was un­der­go­ing main­te­nance re­pair since June 1.

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INS Vikra­ma­ditya is In­dia’s largest naval ship and equipped with a va­ri­ety of in­te­gral weapons and sen­sors.

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