P305 sinks offshore in Cyclone Tauktae

On 17th May 2021, due to the Tauktae cyclone, accommodation barge P305 servicing ONGC offshore operations, off the Mumbai coast, was set adrift and sank on Monday at 7 pm.

At least 26 personnel onboard barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabian Sea are dead, Navy officials said. Over 50 people on board the barge and another tugboat Varaprada are still missing. 

According to the Indian Navy, as of 19th May 2021, 186 crew members of barge P-305 and two from another tug ‘Varaprada’ have been rescued. A total of 26 mortal remains of the crew of barge P305 have been recovered so far.

Search and rescue operations entered their third day today. INS Kochi, Kolkata, Beas, Betwa, Teg, P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, Chetak, ALH, and Sea king helicopters are involved in the SAR operations.

INS Kochi entered the Mumbai harbour today to disembark 125 survivors and mortal remains of four crew members and was immediately sailed out in the evening again to continue the search mission.

INS Kolkata is scheduled to enter Mumbai harbour tonight to disembark the survivors rescued from barge P-305 and Varaprada, 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 conjoin the other three naval ships searching for the missing crew of barge P-305.

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According to the Indian Navy, as of now, 186 crew members of barge P-305 and two from another tug ‘Varaprada’ have been rescued. A total of 26 mortal remains of the crew of barge P305 have been recovered so far.

Search and rescue operations entered their third day today. INS Kochi, Kolkata, Beas, Betwa, Teg, P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, Chetak, ALH and Seaking helicopters are involved in the SAR operations.

INS Kochi entered harbour today to disembark 125 survivors and mortal remains of four crew members and was immediately sailed out in the evening again to continue the search mission.

INS Kolkata is scheduled to enter Mumbai harbour tonight to disembark the survivors rescued from barge P-305 and Varaprada, 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 conjoin the other three naval ships searching for the missing crew of barge P-305.