Minor explosion onboard naval ship INS Ganga in Mumbai, 3 injured

May 09, 2014, 15:18 IST | A Correspondent

Mumbai: Three persons including a Navy personnel today received burn injuries after a fire broke out onboard INS Ganga, which was going through routine maintenance and refit at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

According to naval sources, the incident occurred around 11:50 am when welding work was going on onboard the naval ship.

"During the welding work, the (welding) gun took time to ignite and when it did, thick flames erupted from the gun, injuring three people including two civilians," the sources said.

"It was a minor accident in which three people sustained burns. They have been taken to the naval hospital INSH Asvini in Colaba for first aid," the sources added.

INS Ganga was deployed for patrolling the Gulf of Eden in 2012 to protect the marine jurisdiction from the Somali pirates.

The incident comes few weeks after the mishap involving kilo class Indian Navy Submarine Sindhuratna off the Mumbai coast, killing seven sailors.

In March, an accident took place on INS Kolkata at the Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai claiming the life of a Commander.

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