CGSB Barge P305 tragedy: family of missing persons want closure, advocate for continuation of rescue operation
It has been more than fourteen days since any news or whereabouts of Saurabh Jain, who was also employed on the barge P305 which submerged in the Arabian Sea on May 17. His wife Megha Jain and brother-in-law Aditya Jain sent from the heart – sending SOS messages on social media, asking authorities not to halt rescue operations until all people are identified.
The CGSB accommodation barge sank off Mumbai in the Heera oil fields after Cyclone Tauktae moved north. Tagging people known to amplify emergency demands on government authorities on news channels, all Megha Jain is arguing is two things. “Please do not stop the rescue operations until all people are identified and also start search operations in the neighboring islands. The missing people may have been there.
Her brother Aditya Jain also pleaded with the authorities concerned to look into the matter: “We don’t want to know who is at fault on a barge or whatever. We just don’t want the rescue operations to take place. ‘don’t stop. “
When International Business Times contacted Saurabh Jain’s brother, he spoke of going through hell every moment. “You can’t even imagine what we’re going through right now.
Barge P305, an avoidable tragedy
If it takes human lives to learn the lesson about the importance of following safety protocols, it is not really a lesson learned. What makes the CGSB Barge P305 a horrific tragedy is not the fact that security protocols and security failures occurred at different levels, but the fact that all of this could have been avoided altogether.
On May 15, not left with the slightest doubt about the impending extremely severe cyclonic storm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) sounded in time for the largest cyclone in decades to hit India’s west coast. But even a timely and unambiguous notice via social media and directly to the relevant authorities could not avert disaster.
In the FIR that was registered against Barge Captain Rakesh Ballav and others, under Articles 304 (2), 338, 34, it was mentioned that, despite prior information about Cyclone Tauktae, the Commander of on board had no arrangements made for the safety of the personnel on board. This is not where the alleged shortcomings end. The report further states that Captain Ballav did not give a distress call when he was supposed to.
The count so far
Police at the Yellow Door have confirmed that they have received 71 bodies to date. Of this number, 18 are still unidentified. 53 of the bodies were handed over to families after being duly identified. The Navy had successfully rescued 186 crew members aboard the P305 when it sank at sea on May 17.
After a week, on May 24, the Indian Navy called off its search and rescue operations. As if tragedy purely due to human error weren’t enough, the families of the victims must now ask for what they least deserve. A closing.