Visakhapatnam, Nov 7: The Indian Navy on Friday intensified its search for the personnel missing in sea after their ship Torpedo Recovery Vessel TRV-72 sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam on Thursday night. It is learnt that Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan may cut short his visit to Seychelles and visit the city. On Thursday night the Naval Auxiliary Ship while returning from a routine exercise sank at 7.30 p.m. 35 nautical miles off Visakhapatnam with 28 persons on board. While 24 were rescued, three persons were reported missing. From Thursday night at least eight Naval ships and a helicopter with night vision capability were pressed into service for search and rescue operations.
TRV 72 was carrying seven scientists onboard and all of them are safe and have returned home. The scientists were reportedly studying the performance of the indigenously developed torpedoes and normally are part of such exercises by the Navy.
A Naval officer is reported to be among the three still missing. A sailor who died after being rescued has been identified as 30-year-old James Jacob from Kerala. An official complaint has been lodged at the Malkapuram police station.