MUMBAI: The six Indian Navy warships — INS Kochi, Kolkata, Betwa, Beas, Teg and Talwar — which were part of the search and rescue operations for Barge Papaa (P-305) have sailed back to Naval Dock in the past two days after they rescued 188 personnel and recovered 70 bodies of P-305 crew members. The barge sank around 70 km off Mumbai on May 17 in the wake of cyclone Tauktae.
On Monday, the catamaran survey vessel INS Makar, along with patrolling vessel INS Tarasa, returned to the harbour while INS Subhadra will continue patrolling. The Navy has now handed over the search operation to the Indian Coast Guard.
According to the missing persons record, the Navy has recovered 70 bodies of P-305 personnel.