As many as 186 personnel from Barge P305 and two from Tug Varaprada have been rescued so far as the Indian Navy, on Saturday, deployed specialised diving teams in a bid to trace crew members missing for six days since Cyclone Tauktae rendered the vessels adrift. So far 66 bodies have been recovered by the Navy, while search and rescue operations continue for the remaining crew.
A total of nine personnel remain missing from Barge P305 while 11 are missing from Tug Varaprada.
At least 11 bodies were recovered by the Navy on Friday. Of the 261 personnel who were on Barge P305, 186 were rescued.
Underwater search for wrecks of Barge P305 and Tug Varaprada using specialized teams and equipment is also in progress, as per the latest update.
The Indian Navy had deployed specialised diving teams to ramp up efforts to trace the missing personnel from the vessels that had gone adrift in the cyclone fury before sinking on Monday.
“To augment the ongoing SAR ops for the missing crew of Barge P305 and Tug Varaprada, specialised diving teams onboard INS Makar with side-scan sonar and INS Tarasa sailed out early morning today from Mumbai,” a Navy spokesperson tweeted.
To augment the ongoing #SAR ops for the missing crew of Barge P305 & Tug Varapradha, specialised diving teams onboard #INSMakar with side scan sonar & #INSTarasa have sailed out early morning today from #Mumbai.