Indian Navy warships recovered bodies of 26 personnel of ONGC from the Arabian sea. Barge Papaa (P-305) of ONGC sank due to Cyclone Tauktae. The bodies were found floating 50 to 60 nautical miles (over 90km) off the Mumbai coast. Forty-nine crew members are still missing, while 186 have been rescued. A total of 273 personnel were earlier said to have been on board, but the ONGC, which had deployed the barge, revised the count to 261 on Wednesday. The search operations for the missing 49 will continue, officials said. Five Navy ships — INS Kochi, Kolkata, Beas, Betwa and Teg — P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, and Chetak and Sea King helicopters have been engaged in the search at sea which began on Monday, with 1,500-plus personnel pressed into service. The Navy said it was still hopeful of finding survivors.
May 20, 2021, 08:46AM ISTSource: TOI.in