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Aug 15, 2013 at 11:48pm IST

Navy releases list of 18 personnel who were onboard INS Sindhurakshak

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has released the list of duty personnel inside INS Sindhurakshak at the time of the twin blasts. The 18 personnel have not been been sighted or recovered by the Navy divers who have been involved in the rescue and salvage operations since early Wednesday morning at the Naval Dockyards in Mumbai.

Hope is fading fast as it has been almost 40 hours since the accident even though Navy divers entered INS Sindurakshak on August 14 evening. The heat of the explosion has melted parts of the internal hull deforming the submarine hatches and preventing access to several compartments.

Heavy duty pumps are being used to pump out the water from the submarine. There has been large scale ingress of sea water into the submarine due to the explosion. Navy spokesperson Narendra Kumar Vispute said that families of the trapped submariners have been informed about the tragedy. Of the 18, eight were married.

Navy releases list of 18 personnel of INS Sindhurakshak

The list includes three officers and 15 sailors who were inside the submarine when the blasts took place.

The list of missing INS Sindhurakshak crew

Officers - Rank

Nikhilesh Pal - Lieutenant Commander

Alok Kumar - Lieutenant Commander

R Venkitaraj - Lieutenant commander

Sailors - Rank

Sanjeev Kumar - PO UW I

KC Upadhyay - PO UW I

Timothy Sinha - PO UW I

Kewal Singh - LS UC I

Sunil Kumar - SEA I UW III

Dasari Prasad - MECH(R) 2

Liju Lawrence - LEMP

Rajesh Tootika - LME

Amit K Singh - STD I

Atul Sharma - SEA I

Vikas E - SEA I

Naruttam Deuri - ME I

Malay Haldar - EMR II

Vishnu V - RO II

Seetaram Badapalli - LS RP I