The barge P305 was staffed by the state oil and gas company ONGC for the maintenance of an offshore oil drilling platform.
Cyclone Tauktae Mumbai Barge P305: The barge P305 was submerged on May 17 due to sea waves during the cyclone tout and showed at sea level on 22 May.
Mumbai. Eight bodies have been found at three different places on the coastline in Raigad district of Maharashtra and police suspect that these may be the bodies of victims of the Barge P305 which was drowned off the Mumbai coast due to cyclone tout.
A senior official of Raigad police said on Sunday that out of the eight bodies found on Saturday, five came out on the Mandwa coast, two in Alibag and one in Murud. He said, “The bodies have not yet been identified.” He said that the local administration and senior officials of the state police have been informed about the dead bodies.
A Navy spokesman had earlier reported that the barge P305 was submerged on Monday (17 May) due to sea waves during the cyclone Toute and showed at sea level on Saturday (22 May). The Navy had said that after the bodies of six more people were found on Saturday, the number of people who died in this accident increased to 66, while nine personnel are still missing. He told that there were 261 personnel aboard the barge P305 at the time of the incident, out of which 186 have been saved so far.
The barge P305 was staffed by the state oil and gas company ONGC for the maintenance of an offshore oil drilling platform. The said barge was drowned near Mumbai coast on Monday evening due to high winds and high sea waves on its way to Gujarat. Apart from the nine missing personnel of Barge P305, the Navy and Coast Guard are also searching for 11 people of the boat Varaprada who went missing after the cyclone. Two of the 13 people aboard Varaprada were rescued.
On Saturday, four bodies were found on the banks of the Arabian Sea in Valsad district of Gujarat. Valsad Superintendent of Police Rajdeep Singh Jhala told PTI-language, “Looking at the uniforms and life-jackets on the four bodies, it seems that they were all members of the barge which drowned on the Mumbai coast.” The Navy has deployed specific dive teams to intensify search and rescue operations.