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Maharashtra: 8 dead bodies found on Raigad coast, suspected to be dead bodies of Barge P-305 victims

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Eight bodies have been found at three different locations on the coastline in Raigad district of Maharashtra and police suspect that these barges may have been the bodies of the victims of P-305 which sank off the Mumbai coast due to cyclone tout. A senior Raigad police official said on Sunday that out of the eight bodies found on Saturday, five came to the Mandwa coast, two in Alibag and one in Murud.

He said that the bodies have not yet been identified. He said that the local administration and senior officials of the state police have been informed about the dead bodies. A Navy spokesman had earlier reported that the barge was submerged on Monday during sea waves during the P305 Cyclone Toute and showed at sea level on Saturday.

The Navy had said that after the bodies of six more people were found on Saturday, the number of people who died in the accident rose to 66, while nine personnel are still missing. He said that there were 261 personnel aboard the barge P305 at the time of the incident, out of which 186 have been rescued so far.

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The personnel engaged in the maintenance of an offshore oil drilling platform of the government oil and gas company ONGC on the barge P-305. The said barge was sunk near the Mumbai coast on Monday evening due to high winds and high sea waves on its way to Gujarat. In addition to the nine missing personnel of the barge P-305, the Navy and Coast Guard are also searching for 11 people of the ferry Varaprada who went missing after the cyclone. Two of the 13 people aboard Varaprada were rescued.

On Saturday, four bodies were found on the banks of the Arabian Sea in Valsad district of Gujarat. Valsad Superintendent of Police Rajdeep Singh Jhala said that by looking at the uniforms and life jackets on the four bodies, it seems that they were all members of the barge which drowned on the Mumbai coast. The Navy has deployed specific dive teams to intensify search and rescue operations.

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