The Indian Navy and rescue teams have recovered 49 bodies of crew members of the barge Papaa (P-305). P-305 sank 70km off the Mumbai coast due to Cyclone Tauktae. The search for missing 26 personnel continues with six naval warships, P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, and Chetak, ALH and Sea King helicopters involved in the effort. The barge had 261 personnel on board, and 186 of them had been rescued by Wednesday evening. Bodies of 27 victims were brought to Mumbai onboard INS Beas on Thursday, while INS Kochi and INS Kolkata had on Wednesday together brought back 22 victims and all the rescued personnel. Among those still missing is barge master Balwinder Singh.
May 21, 2021, 10:29AM ISTSource: TOI.in