Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Navy dispatches another Ship INS Kolkata for rescue of another 137 personnel near Bombay High

New Delhi, May 17 (Agency) Responding to an SOS message received from another Barge GAL Constructor of Bombay High oil fields about eight nautical miles from Mumbai in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy dispatched its another asset INS Kolkata for Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation.

Earlier the day, it has INS Kochi for SAR Operation to assist 273 ONGC personnel at Bombay High areas wherein a barge carrying these people adrift off of Heera Oil fields. “On receipt of a request for assistance for a Barge ‘P305’ adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed with despatch for Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance whereas INS Talwar is also preparing to sail out”, the Navy spokesperson said.

Several other ships and aircraft have also been readied for High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) tasking in the wake of Cyclone Tauktae, he further said. These Oil fields are around 70 km southwest of Mumbai in Arabian Sea.