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188 rescued from the overturned ONGC barge, personnel from other vessels adrift safely | India News

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188 rescued from the overturned ONGC barge, personnel from other vessels adrift safely | India News

NEW DELHI: Some 188 people have been rescued and the search for the remaining 73 aboard the accommodation barge Papaa 305 has been rescued, contracted by the state. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, which sank off the coast of Mumbai in the middle hours of Monday and Tuesday.
All 137 staff members aboard another barge, GAL Constructor, were rescued on Tuesday after it ran aground off the coast of Colaba in Mumbai, according to the latest information from the Indian Navy Y ONGC sources.
Another barge-3 support station with 220 people on board, moving northwest, has been hooked up to a tugboat. Everyone on board is reported to be safe. The three barges belong to Shapoorji Pallonji Afcon group company and we have personnel hired by the company.
The Sagar Bhushan drillship, which is owned by ONGC, has also been insured. The vessel had 101 people on board, including 38 ONGC employees.
Ships of the Indian Navy, coastguard Vessels and other ships from ONGC and Afcon rescued the abandoned people in an operation that lasted all night until Monday amid rough seas and cyclonic weather. Rescue efforts continued until the time of Tuesday’s report.
Rescuers race against time, fighting fierce wind and three-story high waves. People aware of the situation said the rough seas have made moving people from barges to rescue boats a challenging task.
Many of those rescued from Papaa 350 are reported to have been pulled out of the water after floating for many hours in their life jackets. Informed persons said that everyone on board had donned life jackets and began evacuation measures as soon as the barge showed signs of tipping.
The barges and drillship were deployed for drilling and exploration in Mumbai High’s Heera field and west coast, which constitute ONGC’s main production base.
The boats had drifted on Monday after their moorings broke due to the ferocity of Cyclone Tuktae, which increased the wind speed to 195 km and created waves of up to 6-8 meters.
ONGC and Afcon are individually updating the families of the people on board the ships. ONGC Brass is monitoring the rescue and relief operation around the clock.
The barges and drillship were deployed for drilling and exploration in Mumbai High’s Heera field and west coast, which constitute ONGC’s main production base.

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