Thursday, July 9, 2015

After A Month Indian Coast Guard Continues Search Operations For Missing Dornier Aircraft

Coast Guard continues the search for the missing Dornier aircraft with three Aircrew on board, which went missing off Tamilnadu coast on the night of 08 Jun 2015 while returning from deployment.

The ongoing search operation “Operation Talash”, which continues for the 30th consecutive day, is in progress. This Multi-Agency Operation involving over twelve Agencies viz Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Indian Navy (IN), Indian Air Force (IAF), Coastal Security Group (CSG), National Institute of Oceanographic Technology (NIOT), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Naval Physical Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Naval Operations Data Processing and Analysis  Centre (NODPAC), Geological Survey of India, M/s Reliance Industries Limited and Private Volunteers including fishing community.

The search efforts comprising of 25 Indian Coast Guard/ Indian Navy ships logging 293 ship days, 05 ICG/IN/IAF aircraft flying 241 hours, 14 Coastal Security Group boat for 378 hours and search by CSG Paramotor for 20 hours has involved over 2000 personnel and has extended beyond 5245 hours. The search area is spreading over 30600 Square Metres.

The search is also involved specialized vessels namely Naval Submarine INS Sindhudhwaj, Survey ship Sandhyak and NIOR research vessel RV Sagarnidhi. Multi Support Vessel (MSV) Olympic Canyon ex M/s Reliance Industries provided on gratis, also undertook sub surface search for 92 hours.

International agencies in Maritime countries, Japan, Australia, Canada and USA have also been consulted. The search efforts are still going on. MSV Olympic Canyon from Kakinada is scheduled to arrive at the search location by 02.00 pm tomorrow and will recommence its operations. Research vessel ex NIOT has also been requested to resume the operations at the earliest.

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