New Delhi: More than 90 people are still missing after a small ship P305 sank off mumbai's sea coast due to a storm Tauktae in the Arabian Sea. The Indian Navy reported that 177 of the 270 people on board have been rescued while the search is on for the rest. Three other merchant ships, which have 700 people on board, are in the Arabian Sea.
According to media reports, Coast Guard Chetak helicopters have rescued 55 more people from the Gal Constructor ship. Eight people were rescued before that. Rescue operations are underway. A total of 240 people have been evacuated so far. The storm Tauktae has now weakened after hitting coastal areas, but at least 12 people have been reported killed.
"I have seen this most challenging search and rescue operation in the last four decades," the Navy's deputy chief told government news agency ANI. Four Navy ships are engaged in this work. Our main operation is to search and rescue 261 people on the Fcons Barge P305 ship, which sank 60 kilometres from Mumbai's sea coast".