Cyclone Tauktae: 89 ONGC Staff From Barge P305 Still Missing, Says Navy


New Delhi: At least 89 personnel onboard accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are still missing, said the Navy on Wednesday.

The Navy confirmed all 101 workers on Sagar Bhushan, the oil rig, had been rescued. The 137 men on Gal Constructor, which ran aground near Palghar, had also been rescued. The 196 men on SS03, which is still adrift, are safe and a tug boat has been sent to tow her to safety.

The focus has turned to Barge P305, which sank on Monday, from which 184 of the 273 people onboard have been rescued. The other men, 89 in number, are missing. Search and rescue operations will continue for the next three days.

Three barges and an oil rig with 707 personnel on board went adrift on Monday. These included barge P305 with 273 persons, cargo barge GAL Constructor with 137 personnel on board, accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board and the Sagar Bhushan oil rig with 101 personnel on board, the official said.

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