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Mumbai chopper crash: Another coast guard ship deployed

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

One more coast ship is deployed from for after a helicopter, carrying five senior officials of the and (ONGC) and two pilots, crashed off the coast minutes after it took off on Saturday.

INS Makar, twin hulled catamaran hydrograph ship from Karwar, is enroute to augment the in the area.

A total of 5-6 coast ships are deployed in the area already, officials said.

INS Teg and Tarasa are coordinating the search in the area. ICG Ships Samudra Prahari, Achook & Agrim are also at work in the area.

sailed out from and joined the operations.

vessel TAG 15 undertaking Side Scan Sonar (SSS) operations have found some debris 600 yards from wreckage position.

Meanwhile, diving team ex- Samudra Sevak is preparing to undertake diving operations in the area.

So far, six bodies have been recovered.

The police informed that the bodies have been brought to for postmortem.

A total of seven people were on-board in the Dauphin N2 that crashed and a total of four bodies have been recovered so far.

Meanwhile, the (ICG) identified two of the bodies to be of employees.

The ONGC, along with the ICG and the Indian Navy, has pressed its helicopter and speedboats for

The helicopter, which took off from Juhu at 10.20 am, was scheduled to land at ONGC's North Field rig at 10.58 am.

The last contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) was made at about 10.30 am, 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

The cause of the tragic incident is still unknown.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 13:15 IST