Saturday, June 13, 2015

After 110 hrs, Multi-Coloured Sheen of Oil Sighted...Search For Missing Coast Guard Dornier Continues

Efforts to search and locate the missing ICG Aircraft by the ICG and IN ships alongwith aircraft in area of probability continue for the past 110 hrs.  

A multi coloured sheen of oil in concentric circles was sighted which indicated oozing of oil. The sample of oil has been sent to the laboratory for analysis.

INS Sandhyak undertaking sub-surface search, detected intermittent transmission of 37.5 Khz, likely to be from the Sonar Locator Beacon (SLB) of the missing aircraft. The transmission is around the position where the Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar had lost contact of the aircraft. Submarine INS Sindhudhvaj is likely to arrive in the area late in the evening for further augmentation of sub-surface search.

National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has diverted its researchvessel 'Sagar Nidhi' and is likely to arrive in the area for augmenting underwater search by 14 Jun.

M/s Reliance India Limited has been approached to extend services of the Multi Support Vessel (MSV) with Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) for underwater operations. A total of 10 CG and IN ships with 02 aircraft are undertaking the search for the missing aircraft at the time of this edition of the press release.

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