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Sindhurakshak tragedy: Bodies of marines brought home

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Thiruvananthapuram: The identified bodies of two crew members from Kerala, who died in the August 14 INS Sindhurakshak submarine disaster, was brought to their hometowns from Mumbai on Saturday.

Bodies of Biju Lawrence of Neyyar in Thiruvananthapuram and Vishnu Vishwambaran of Harppad in Alappuzha were flown to the Kochi Naval base airport Saturday morning.

Representing the State government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and V S Sivakumar, Minister for Health, Family Welfare and Devaswom, paid their last respects to the marines.

The last rites of the marines will be performed with full military honour Saturday afternoon.

Since the day of the catastrophe, bodies of 11 Navy personnel have been recovered, out of which six were identified.

The six deceased were accorded guard of honours at the INS Ashwini at Colaba in Mumbai Friday, where wreath-laying ceremony was also held.

On August 14, there was an explosion on the Russian-made Kilo-class submarine. The diesel-electric submarine was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1997 at a cost of around Rs 400 crore and had gone through a Rs 450 crore extensive upgrade in Russia.

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