Somewhere off the Mumbai coast....

A naval warship, INS Vindhyagiri, collided headon with a Cyprus flag merchant ship, M V Nordlake, near Sunk Rock Lighthouse off Mumbai harbour on Sunday evening. There were no casualties or oil spill, but shipping ministry officials said the incident was serious as it involved an Indian Navy ship and occurred in broad daylight. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust officials blamed personnel on board the naval ship for the accident. Director-general of shipping S B Agnihotri has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Apart from naval personnel, Vindhyagiri also had on board their families and some civilians. Shipping ministry officials said it was surprising that the crew of the ships did not spot each other on a sunny afternoon.

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