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188 Rescued, 60 Bodies Recovered After Barge Sinks Off Mumbai Coast



Search operations are underway for the remaining crew, the Defence PRO said (FILE).

New Delhi:

At least 188, including two from the anchor boat Varaprada, have been rescued so far from the barge P305, which sank after Cyclone Tauktae hit the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai on May 17, the Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) said on Friday.

As many as 60 bodies have been recovered from the barge.

The search and rescue operations for the remaining crew is still underway, the Defence PRO said.

It also stated that underwater search by Indian Navy Survey ship has been planned for locating wrecks of Barge P305 and Tug Varaprada using specialised teams and equipment.

On Wednesday, Defence PRO had informed that 184 were rescued from the barge P305.

INS Teg, INS Betwa, INS Beas P8I aircraft and Seaking helicopters are continuing with the search and rescue operations.

“The 196 personnel on SS-3 and 101 personnel on Sagar Bhushan are safe. Offshore Supply Vessels hired by ONGC and SCI towing then to safety. INS Talwar also in area,” the Defence PRO had said.

Several of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s major production installations and drilling rigs are located in the area that felt the brunt of the cyclone.

Cyclone Tauktae has impacted the weather conditions in several parts of northern India.

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