Sunday, November 9, 2014

CNS Reviews Search & Rescue Operations For Four Missing Naval Personnel

An extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) operation launched by the Indian Navy for four of its personnel reported missing in a mishap involving a Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV A-72) of Indian Navy, which sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam at around 2000h on 06 Nov 14 has entered its fourth day. 

As per the latest inputs, the search is going on in an area 120 NM SW (South West) of Visakhapatnam catering for the prevailing drift and currents. Several ships of the Eastern Fleet and a few aircraft including Boeing P8I, Dorniers, Sea King 42C and Chetak helicopters have been deployed to search for the missing personnel. No missing personnel have been found till this evening. 

Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff reached Visakhapatnam this afternoon and reviewed the progress of the SAR operation. The Admiral visited the bereaved family of Late James Jacob POME and also the family of an officer who is reported missing. Thereafter he met the rescued crew of the ill fated vessel before departing for New Delhi late in the evening. 

Indian naval authorities are also in constant touch with the families of three missing sailors, keeping them informed about the progress of SAR operations. 

It may be recalled that there were 29 personnel on board at the time of the incident. Though 24 personnel were rescued safely by the fleet ships which reached the accident site promptly, one sailor James Jacob POME lost his life during the rescue operation and four personnel (one officer and three sailors) are still reported missing. 

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