Australian sailor dies during Mumbai port visit

A 28-year-old Australian naval sailor died in Mumbai from gunshot wounds on board a frigate while it was docked in the city.

The ANZAC class frigate was docked in the Indian city of Mumbai after finishing a six-month tour in the waters of North Africa and the Middle East.

The sailor died from gunshot wounds on board HMAS Toowoomba in Mumbai Harbour. He was on his way back home after a six month anti-piracy vigil off the North African waters, the Herald Sun reported quoting the Australian Defence Department.

The senior sailor was alone in his cabin at the time of the incident and it is not clear if the shot was accidental or self-inflicted. No one else was injured in the incident.

During the past six months, HMAS Toowoomba conducted multiple boarding and helped many vessels requiring medical or engineering assistance. Australian warships routinely visit the port of Mumbai after their Middle East deployment.

The defence force’s internal investigation service team is in Mumbai tonight to find an explanation of the sailor’s death.

The sailor’s family has been informed and is receiving support.