Navy ships rescue 146 from a barge; Aerial research in progress – The New Indian Express



Express press service

NEW DELHI: During an overnight operation, Indian Navy ships rescued 146 of 410 people aboard two barges, P305 and Gal Constructor, which were left adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai due to Cyclone Tauktae.

Another search and rescue operation was launched to rescue the remaining 297 people.

Indian Navy Commander Vivek Madhwal’s spokesman said: “Search and rescue (SAR) continued through the night and a total of 146 people from barge P305 were rescued until at 6 a.m. Tuesday, 111 by INS Kochi and INS Kolkata, 17 by Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Greatship Ahilya and 18 by OSV Ocean Energy while operating in extremely difficult sea conditions, “said the responsible.

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They say the barge sank in place.

The barge “Gal Constructor” with 137 people on board ran aground about 48 nautical miles north of Colaba Point.

An emergency “ Water Lily ” towing vessel, two support vessels and CGS Samrat are nearby to assist and evacuate the crew, a Navy spokesperson said.

‘Gal Constructor’ had been adrift off Colaba Point due to an engine problem. Aerial research began at first light with the Indian Navy’s P8I on a mission.
Indian Navy helicopters awaiting improvement in severe weather conditions.

Another major rescue operation has been launched, Cdr Madhwal said. “INS Talwar is assisting another Sagar Bhushan oil rig with 101 people on board and an SS-3 accommodation barge with 196 people on board, both adrift and currently located approximately 50 NM southeast of the port of Pipavav. he said.

These ongoing rescue efforts were bolstered Tuesday morning by an Indian Navy P8I surveillance aircraft. Indian Navy helicopters will also be deployed for search and rescue operations depending on weather conditions.

Search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the day with more naval assets set to increase.


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