Glory Shipping Management owned Tugboat Varapradha. The owner of Varapradha says that the boat was brought near the shore by 16th midnight. The owner claims to ask the Captain to come back. The Captain replied He could not abandon 137 people on Barge Gal Constructor and be assured they were in the safe zone. Tug Varpradha was attached with Gal for towing purposes. Gal Constructor was of a consortium led by Afcons working on an ONGC project. The 02 survivors said that the Tugboat started sinking at around 6 pm on 17th May (the day when Cyclone Tauktae was passing the sea area of the Arabian Sea where the Tugboat was present). And once the Tugboat started sinking, the crew members jumped in the water.