Thursday, 23 February 2006
Three people have been killed and 20 others injured after
an Indian navy ship caught fire off the east coast, police
in Andhra Pradesh state say.
Six of the injured have been airlifted to a hospital in
Vishakapatnam, city police chief VJS Kamoudi said.
The accident occurred late on Wednesday, when the ship
was dumping redundant missiles in the sea, a navy spokesman
told the Associated Press.
Six of the injured are in a critical condition, Mr Kamoudi
The ship, INS Magar, has not been damaged by the fire and
has already returned to its naval base in Vishakapatnam,
nearly 530km (335 miles) east of the Andhra Pradesh state
capital, Hyderabad, navy spokesman BK Garg told AP.
The dumping of obsolete missiles and explosives was a routine
affair, Mr Garg said. The navy is investigating the cause
of the fire, he added.