Cyclone Tauktae: Navy rescues 146 from barge; aerial search on
The Indian Navy has rescued 146 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday. "The Navy on Tuesday morning also deployed the P-8I long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft to join the search and rescue operations," the official said.
Rescue operations continued in extremely challenging sea conditions
"The Search and Rescue (SAR) operations continued throughout the night and a total of 146 persons from Barge P305 have been rescued till 6 am on Tuesday," the official said. "111 persons have been rescued by INS Kochi and INS Kolkata, 17 by Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Greatship Ahilya, and 18 by OSV Ocean Energy whilst operating in extremely challenging sea conditions," he said.
Operation still on to rescue 137 from Gal Constructor
The barge Gal Constructor with 137 persons on board has run aground 48 nautical miles north of Colaba Point. "An Emergency Towing Vessel Water Lily, two support vessels, and CGS Samrat are in the vicinity for rendering assistance and evacuation of crew," a spokesperson said.
Oil rig Sagar Bhushan, barge SS-3 are still adrift
"INS Talwar is proceeding to assist another oil rig Sagar Bhushan with 101 personnel on board and an accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board, both of which are adrift and presently located about 50 NM South East of Pipavav Port," the spokesperson stated. "These ongoing rescue efforts have been augmented today morning by an Indian Naval P8I surveillance aircraft," he said.
Search and rescue efforts will continue through the day
Navy helicopters will also be deployed for SAR based on weather conditions. "The SAR efforts will continue through the day with more naval assets ready to augment the ongoing operations," he said. The Navy had on Monday deployed three frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue 410 people on board two barges off the Mumbai coast.
Three frontline warships were deployed on Monday
The ships deployed to extend assistance to the two barges were INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, and INS Talwar. "On receipt of a request for assistance for barge P305 adrift off Heera oil fields in Bombay high area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed on Monday with a despatch for search and rescue assistance," the Navy officer said.