Mumbai, May 19 (MNN) The Indian Navy continued with its search and rescue (SAR) operations off Mumbai and Gujarat for the third day on Wednesday in the wake of damage caused by Taukdae in western coastal India.
Naval ships and aircraft were looking for missing crew members of accommodation barge P-305, which sank 35 miles off Mumbai on May 17.
INS Kochi, Kolkata, Beas, Betwa, Teg, P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, Chetak and Seaking helicopters were involved in the SAR operations, the government said.
INS Kochi returned to harbour on Wednesday to disembark 125 survivors and mortal remains of four crew members. It sailed out to the sea in the evening again to continue with the search efforts.
INS Kolkata was slated to enter the Mumbai harbour on May 19 night to disembark survivors rescued from barge P-305 and Tug ‘Varapradha’ as well as the mortal remains of 18 crew members recovered during the operation.
On completion of its operations off Gujarat coast, INS Talwar has also been diverted to join three other naval ships searching for missing crew off Mumbai coast.
INS Talwar is the ‘On Scene Coordinator’ off Gujarat coast and assisted Support Station 3 and Drill Ship Sagar Bhushan, which are now being safely towed back to Mumbai by ONGC support vessels.
Food and water to the 300 odd crew members of these vessels was also provided by the naval helicopters from Mumbai, earlier in the day.
As of now, 186 crew members of Accommodation barge P-305, and two from Tug ‘Varapradha’ have been rescued by IN ships and aircraft and 26 bodies recovered.