Indian Navy's search and rescue operations continued for the third day today over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands in the aftermath of the 'very severe cyclonic storm 'OCKHI', a defence release said tonight.
The ships deployed by the Southern Naval Command include IN Ships Sagardhwani, Jamuna, Nireekshak, Kabra and Kalpeni off the Kerala coast and Sharda, Shardul towards Lakshadweep islands.
Besides this, three aircraft-- Dornier (Do) fixed wing aircraft, Seaking Helicopter (SK) and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)-- were also deployed throughout the day.
"A total of 84 personnel have been rescued over the last two days which includes 62 by aircraft and 22 by ships," it said.
Additionally, transfer of two bodies was also effected through ALH to Thiruvananthapuram after being picked up by INS Sagardhwani.
Of the 62 people rescued by naval aircraft, eight persons were transferred to Kochi in batches of four after being picked up 20 Nautical miles southwest and 80 nautical miles west of Kochi respectively, the release said.
Those evacuated to Kochi were given preliminary first aid at the naval clinic at INS Garuda before being handed over to the civil administration.
The rest of the rescued persons have been transferred to Thiruvananthapuram, it added.
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