The Indian Navy has recovered 14 bodies from the Arabian Sea during a search and rescue operation following the cyclone Toute. Although the process of identification of the dead continues, it is not yet clear on which ship they were boarding.
Here, a tug boat has reportedly drowned in the Arabian Sea during the cyclone Toute. There were 13 people in it, out of which two were rescued by the Navy and the remaining 11 are being searched.
Navy rescued 184
The Navy was informed on Wednesday that its soldiers have so far rescued 184 of the 273 people on the barge P305 while battling extremely bad weather. An official said that the search and rescue operation is still going on and we have not given up hope of bringing people to the safe coast yet. A Navy spokesman said that all the occupants on the two other barges and one oil rig were safe.
It is noteworthy that these barges were trapped in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai a few hours before the cyclone Toute hit the Gujarat coast. Meanwhile, a naval warship INS Kochi reached Mumbai on Wednesday morning with 125 of the 184 people rescued from the P305.
“As of Wednesday morning, 184 personnel on the P305 have been rescued,” a Navy spokesman said. Search and rescue operations are underway with the help of INS Teg, INS Betwa, INS Beas, P81 aircraft and helicopters. The Navy and Coast Guard had rescued 137 people present in the barge ‘GAL constructor till Tuesday. Officials said that 196 people present on the Bajre SS-3 and 101 people on the oil rig Sagar Bhushan are safe.
Through the ships of ONGC and SCI, they are being brought to the coast safely. INS Talwar is also deployed in the area to help in rescue and relief operations. A naval officer said that three barges and an oil rig with 707 personnel were trapped in the sea on Monday. These include ‘P305’ barge with 273 people, ‘GAL constructor’ with 137 personnel and SS-3 barge with 196 personnel present. Also, the ‘Sagar Bhushan’ oil rig was trapped in the sea, in which 101 personnel were present. Vice Admiral Muralidhar Sadashiv Pawar, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff said that this is the most challenging search and rescue operation in the last four decades.