Lt Cdr DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment. Though the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived.
A Board of Inquiry to investigate in to the circumstances of the incident has been ordered.