Six fishermen were rescued and four bodies
recovered by the Indian coastguards from the Motorized fiber boat which
capsized in the mid sea near Palk bay while it was on its way from Cuddalore to
Rameshwaram on September third according to a coast guard press release.
holding on to a makeshift raft when the coastguard reached them
The crew were holding on to a makeshift raft
which they constructed using the floating debris when the coastguard rescue
boats reached them, Two fishermen swam towards a boat which they sighted and
Immediately on receipt of the information Indian
Coast Guard initiated Search and Rescue operation. Four frontline Fast Patrol
Vessels of the Coast Guard ICGS Abheek,ICGS Anagh, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS
Priyadarshini and other units including Interceptor boat from Karaikal ICGS
C-435 and hovercrafts H-190, H-195 from Mandapam were pressed into action to
undertake search. 32 hours of extensive sea-air coordinated search was
undertaken by Coast Guard Dorniers and Helicopters ex INS Parundu.
to continuous search for six days, six rescued and four bodies recovered
Owing to continuous search efforts by the Indian
Coast Guard in coordination with local Coastal Security Group and Fishermen
despite rough sea and weather conditions in the area for six days, six
survivors were rescued and four bodies were recovered.
The incident took place at about 12 noon on
September third off Uchipuli while the crew were returning to Rameswaram in
their newly purchased boat. The crew were holding onto a makeshift raft which
they constructed using floating debris. Two, out of the ten crew, swam towards
a boat which they sighted on morning of 04 Sep and were subsequently rescued
about 15 nautical miles off Mallipattinam.
Four of the remaining eight missing crew were
rescued by ICGS Abheek on September 5 in coordination with local fishing boat.
The rescued crew were provided first aid and medical treatment and later safely
The search continued for another two days to
locate the remaining four missing fishermen. However, subsequently four bodies
were recovered by ICG and CSG and handed over to their bereaved families
problem, fishing boats do not carry basic communication set , operate beyond
The incident highlights the persisting problem
wherein the fishing boats venturing out to sea do not carry basic communication
set and operate in far areas beyond mobile coverage.
These boats are generally observed to be
deficient in carrying the Lifesaving equipment such as life jacket, life buoy
and Distress Alert Transmitters (DATs). This issue has been regularly
highlighted during community awareness and interaction programs that are
regularly conducted by Indian Coast Guard.