New Delhi: Two persons, including an Indian Navy sailor and a civilian, died and two others were hospitalised in a toxic gas leak on board the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier at Karwar in Karnataka on Friday, a defence spokesperson said.
 
The condition of two other personnel is said to be stable. The incident took place at around 5 pm when the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs at Karwar.
 
Shipwright Artificer Class 4, Rakesh Kumar and Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of Royal Marine — succumbed to gas inhalation. 
 
Indian Navy has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
 
Maintenance work was being undertaken in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Compartment. Due to inhaling toxic gas, four persons, including two sailors and two civilian workers, were evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar. 
 
Two of them — Shipwright Artificer Class 4, Rakesh Kumar and Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of Royal Marine — succumbed to gas inhalation. 
 
“The next of kin of the deceased have been informed. The condition of the other two personnel is stable,” a navy officer said.