A week after the devastating Cyclone Tauktae had wreak havoc in Maharashtra, 86 bodies have been recovered from the Arabian Sea, including 70 from a couple of vessels that sank near Bombay High Fields according to an official statement stated on Sunday.
During the cyclone rage, Barge Papaa-305 and tugboat Varaprada that had 86 crew members and oil workers sank in the Arabian Sea. There were 261 people on board Papaa-305, 13 others were there in vessel Varaprada.
The rescue (SAR) operations lasted for seven days, the first half being in extreme weather conditions picked up many as 188 survivors — 186 from Papaa-305 and two from Varaprada.
In the past week also, 70 bodies were recovered from the Arabian Sea by the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. Also over the last couple of days, eight bodies have been recovered, after they were washed ashore on the Raigad coast of Maharashtra, while another eight were found from the Valsad coast in Gujarat.