Barge P305 Sinking In Cyclone Tauktae: 26 Bodies Recovered, Navy Ops Continue Search For Survivors

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Defence ships and offshore vessels of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) recovered 26 bodies on May 19 from the Arabian Sea where barge P305 working for ONGC sank following Cyclone Tauktae. Search continues for at least 61 more people who remain missing. Indian Navy Commodore Ajay Jha, who is supervising the rescue operations, said the bodies, brought ashore Wednesday morning, would be handed over to the Mumbai port police for completion of formalities, reported The Indian Express. The missing include around 50 men onboard P305 & at least 11 on another vessel, tug boat Varaprada, which is missing, Navy officials said. Search operations would continue for another three days at least. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas announced a high-level inquiry into “lapses and gaps” in the system.

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