Four days after a series of explosions rocked INS Sindhurakshak in Mumbai, the family of a sailor on board the ill-fated submarine, was in a state of shock but hopeful of his return.
The family members of 22-year-old Atul Sharma, who was among 18 personnel, were planning to celebrate his birthday here in Amritsar yesterday.
Atul's father Hemraj, mother Sushma and sister Rashmi were under deep shock after hearing reports about the mishap.
The sailor's younger brother Arun reached Mumbai in search of his brother, with strong hopes that Atul would return home safely, a family member told reporters here.
In one of the worst disasters to have struck the Indian Navy, a series of explosions rocked the Russian-made Kilo class submarine on the midnight of August 13, sinking it partially in the shallow sea.
The families of the victims have been accommodated in naval premises and are being regularly informed on all aspects of the ongoing search activities by specially formed family support teams of naval officers, sailors and members of Navy Wives Welfare Association.
Preliminary survey by reputed salvors is also in progress, the spokesperson said.
18 Navy personnel, including three officers, were onboard the Russia-made submarine when a devastating fire ripped through the frontline underwater craft following serial explosions Tuesday midnight.
The Navy has instituted a Board of Inquiry to probe the cause of the explosions and fire which is expected to submit its report within four weeks.
Mumbai Police have also registered a case of accidental death in connection with the worst peacetime tragedy suffered by the Navy.
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