The Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) continued their search for missing 36 personnel from a barge with 273 people which went adrift and later sank near the Bombay High Fields unable to withstand the fury of Cyclone Tauktae.
The Navy said they have so far rescued 186 of the 261 people who were onboard barge P305 and also two from tugboat Varaprada. And So far 137 bodies recovered from the wreck of barge P-305.
The Navy is continuously working day and night to detect survivors from the sunken barge and other vessels stranded or affected by the storm. Navy ships were deployed on May 17 after receipt of a request for assistance.
According to a news agency, The 201 on board Support-Station 3, which was drifting northwest in the Mumbai High oilfield, are believed to be safe; the barge has been located by INS Talwar and is now being towed back to Mumbai harbour by ONGC support vehicles.
Meanwhile, The Directorate General of Shipping has ordered an investigation into the deaths. Mumbai Police has also announced an investigation as barge P-305 remained in the area despite storm warnings.
An ADR (accidental death report) was registered May 19 in connection with the deaths.