A total of 51 ONGC workers who drowned with other 210 people after their vessel was hit and sunk by the cyclonic storm Tautkae 35 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast early on Monday are still missing. As many as 22 bodies have been recovered by the Navy from the sunken barge.
The Defense PRO (Mumbai) tweeted a video on May 19, 2021, which showed INS Kochi with 188 persons rescued barge P-305 at the city’s harbor.
“INS Kochi entering Mumbai harbor today morning along with rescued personnel from Barge P305. Naval ships Teg, Betwa, and Beas, as well as P8I aircraft and Sea King helicopters, are continuing with search & rescue ops,” the PRO Defence account tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to senior officials to take stock of the situation to rescue people from the ONGC barge.
“It was a horrific situation on the barge. I had not thought I would survive. But I swam in the waters for seven to eight hours with the determination to stay alive and was rescued by the Navy,” Manoj Gite, who was on P-305 when it sank, was quoted telling PTI today.