Two people reportedly died and several others were injured after the Indian Navy Ship Betwa tipped over inside a dock at a naval shipyard in Mumbai, India.
The incident reportedly occurred during undocking at the Naval Dockyard (Mumbai) shipyard.
Media has reported that two sailors have died and 14 others have been rescued with minor injuries.
Photos of the INS Betwa show the ship lying on its port side in what looks like a large dry dock as crowds and rescue workers gather around.
“This is a very big situation for the navy as this has never happened before. The incident occurred during undocking. it is suspected that dock blocks mechanism failed,” navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma told the media.
The two people killed were originally reported as missing.
“At about 1:50 PM today, INS Betwa, a frigate of the Indian Navy, was in the process of undocking in Naval Dockyard (Mumbai) when she slipped from her dock blocks and tilted. Immediate action was taken to get all personnel to safety. Two sailors however, succumbed to injuries post the incident,” the Navy spokesperson said.
The 3,850 INS Betwa is part of the Navy’s Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigates. The ship has been in service since 2004.
The INS Betwa is reported to be at the shipyard for maintenance.
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