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Indian navy sub returns to port as rescuers search vessel for 2 sailors missing after mishap


FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, India's navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi watches at a press conference in Mumbai, India. Joshi resigned Wednesday hours after seven sailors were overcome with smoke on an Indian navy submarine, and two other sailors were missing in an accident off Mumbai’s coast. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File) (The Associated Press)

An Indian navy submarine has returned to port in Mumbai a day after an accident aboard the vessel left two sailors missing.

Seven sailors were overcome by smoke Wednesday during a routine training exercise in the submarine, but two others were unaccounted for.

Capt. D.K. Sharma, a navy spokesman, said Thursday that rescuers were searching the submarine for the two missing sailors. He said investigators had begun assessing the extent of damage to the vessel and the cause of the smoke.

Sharma said the seven sailors who were overcome by smoke were in stable condition at a Mumbai hospital.

India's navy has been plagued by accidents in recent years. Navy chief Adm. D.K. Joshi resigned on Wednesday to take responsibility for the latest accident and other recent incidents.