Barge P305 toll rises to 70, Navy divers search for 16 missing | India News – Times of India


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MUMBAI: The loss of life toll on barge P305 which sank throughout cyclone Tauktae fury rose to 70 on Sunday with the restoration of 4 extra our bodies, the Navy stated, including it’s persevering with the search for 16 extra believed missing from the barge and tugboat Varaprada.
The checklist of these missing might get quite a bit shorter whether it is confirmed that the 14 our bodies recovered alongside the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts in the previous few days are these of the barge and tugboat personnel, an official stated.
“These discovered ashore are but to be recognized,” the official stated. Whereas eight our bodies have been recovered on Raigad coast in Maharashtra, six have been discovered on Valsad coast in Gujarat.
Navy divers on Saturday situated the wreckage of P305. The barge which had 261 personnel on board, sank on Monday. Whereas 70 are useless and 186 rescued to date, there is no such thing as a hint but of 5 personnel.
There may be additionally no hint but of 11 of the 13 personnel who have been on board tugboat Varaprada, which additionally went adrift due to the cyclonic storm. Two individuals on Varaprada have been rescued to date.
Barge P305 was situated on the seabed after systematic search by INS Makar using superior aspect scan sonar.
The search for the missing personnel will proceed via the evening, the official stated. The Navy additionally deployed specialised diving groups to enhance the search and rescue (SAR) operations.

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