All missing aboard the barge P305, tugboat accounted for: Armada | India News
MUMBAI: All 274 personnel who were on board the barge P305 that sank and the tug Varaprada that drifted during Cyclone Tauktae The fury has been accounted for with the recovery of 16 bodies throughout Maharashtra and the shores of Gujarat, the Navy he said on Monday.
“A total of 274 crew members were reported missing on May 17 (261 from the barge P305 and 13 from Tug Varaprada). While 186 survivors from P305 and two from Varaprada were collected at sea, 70 mortal remains (bodies) were recovered at sea by ships of Indian Navy Y coastguard“said a Navy spokesman.
“Eight bodies have been recovered along the coast in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and another eight bodies were washed up on the coast of Gujarat near Valsad,” he said.
Therefore, the 274 crew have been counted (261 aboard the P305 and 13 aboard Varaprada), he said. Final confirmation will be pending until the identification of all recovered bodies is completed, he added.
Rescue personnel had recovered 70 bodies, believed to belong to P305 personnel, at sea as of Sunday. With 16 bodies dumped ashore, the death toll in the tragedy at sea could rise to 86, another official said. As of now, the official death toll rises to 70 pending the identification of the bodies washed ashore.
INS Makar, a Navy survey catamaran Equipped with side-scan sonars, they located the remains of the P305 on Saturday in the vicinity of where it sank on May 17. The Navy had also deployed specialized dive teams to power search and rescue (SAR) operations. The HE operations have not yet been canceled, the spokesperson told PTI.
The relatives of the victims will try to identify the deceased with the help of the belongings found on their bodies, such as clothing, identity cards, lot number or birthmarks, marks of previous injuries or tattoos. In the event the bodies are not identified, DNA tests will be conducted, another official said.
All 440 people on the Gal Constructor and Support Station 3 (SS-3) barges and the drillship Sagar Bhushan they were brought ashore to safety recently.