Mumbai – The Indian Navy undertook the rescue work to save 410 people stranded on two barges that went astray in the Tauktae cyclone. One of the barges belongs to the Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) and was involved in the oil exploration work in the Bombay High sector. 293 ONGC employees were said to be there on the barge. An official informed that all the people on the barge were safe.
These two barges were trapped in the gusty winds of the cyclone on Monday afternoon, near Bombay High. One of the barges belongs to the ONGC, and the other belongs to GL Construction company. The ONGC barge was deployed at Bombay High, the largest oil and gas exploration project near Mumbai. But because of the effect of the strong winds, the barge started drifting along with the cyclone. The agencies were informed regarding the incident. After that, ONGC requested assistance from the Indian Navy, and the Navy dispatched INS Kochi for the rescue operation.
At the same time, the Navy was notified of another ship drifting at a distance of eight nautical miles from Mumbai. It was revealed that this ship belonged to GL Construction company. There are 137 employees of the company on the ship. The Navy has undertaken the mission to rescue these people, and warship INS Kolkata has been dispatched for the rescue operation.