One of the ships with 273 people boarded, which was abandoned close to Mumbai High Field during the effect of the Tauktae Tornado, has gone down in the sea. The Indian navy has figured out how to safeguard 182 personnel till on the 18th of May morning while Rescue and search operations are on for the others. Rescue operations were escalated on 18 May, a day after destructive cyclone Tauktae made landfall on Gujarat shore and unleashed destruction in Mumbai city.
On the 17th of May ONGC stated that barge P305 with 273 people sent for seaward drilling got de-secured and started drifting due to the Tauktae Tornado. P305 being a convenience barge had no motor to power it, and it hit an oil rig nearby and there was the entrance of water in the barge.
A barge is a long-level lined boat either under its towed by another. A convenience barge is of the shallow draft (vessel whose fall isn’t far underneath the waterline) and is utilized to oblige the workforce on projects where shore convenience isn’t accessible. Seaward convenience barges are completely independent and utilized in the oil and gas industries. The Indian Naval force on the 18th of May morning likewise conveyed the Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft to join the search and rescue operations.
4 ships of the coast guard, 2 INA ships, and trading vessels are sent to safeguard the 4 barges, which fill in as living quarters for men dealing with a few offshore rigs of the ONGC. The 4 barges started sending distress signals in the wake of getting trapped in Tornado Tauktae to the Indian Coast Guard and the Ministry of Ports control room.
Deputy inspector general of police T Ashish stated that there were 800 individuals on board in the 4 barges yet there was no accurate tally. A maritime official stated that the ocean was incredibly unpleasant, making it difficult to control the rescue ships close by and the best way to bring individuals off the barges was by utilizing Liferafts.
The Indian Navy stated that the search and rescue operations of every one of the 4 barges were being done in incredibly ocean conditions and will proceed as the night progressed. Amitabh Kumar, Directorate General of Shipping stated that they had got messages and enrolled the Indian Coast Guard’s assistance.