Mumbai: A chopper with eight passengers on board - including several employees of ONGC - went missing off the Mumbai coast on Saturday. At the time, it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.
Among the passengers were some officials of the Oil And Natural Gas Corporation or ONGC. "It is a Pawan Hans chopper, carrying five employees". It was last in touch with the oil rig air traffic control around 10.30 AM.
The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i is also being pressed into service.
"A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched", a Coast Guard spokesperson said.
In the latest update, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted saying all posible assistance is being extended in the rescue operations. "The pilots, as per the procedure, had changed over their radio contact from Juhu air traffic control to the one manned on the oil rig around 10.25 am", said a source.
Search operations are on, they added.