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Nine fishermen flee from Yemen by sea to escape sponsor; arrive safely in Kochi

 Nine Indian fishermen undertook an arduous sea journey from Yemen across the Arabian sea to flee from their sponsor and arrived here at Cochin port aided by the coastguards during the last leg of the sailing for about 130 kilometers.

The fishermen made it with just 500 liters of fuel left half a bag of onions lot of luck and relatively Calm Ocean.

Fishermen voyaged 4000 kilometers in a boat meant for fishing

Seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu and two from Kerala pulled off a daring escape stealing their master’s boat voyaging ten days to cover 4000 kilometers of open and rough sea in a boat meant for fishing and crossing ocean.

The boat Al Thiraya as it was nearing Lakshdweep islands close to Cochin port was boarded by coastguard personnel who assisted them in the last leg of the journey.

The fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala left Tiruvananthapuram late last year in search of green shore but were harassed by the Yemeni employers. They were exploited for over ten months. They decided to take the plunge into the ocean and reach home.

Fishermen secretly stocked food and fuel for the grueling journey; fishermen reported safe and healthy

The nine men secretly stocked food and fuel for the grueling journey. They took the master’s boat and left the fishing harbor in Yemen on November 19th. They somehow made to Cochin on November 29th.

They often encountered choppy seas especially near Somalia said one of the fishermen who is currently lodged at the Cochin coastal police station for completing the immigration formalities. All the fishermen had valid passports.

The fishermen were reported to be safe and healthy. The boat was brought to Kochi and handed over to Coastal Police Station (Fort Kochi) on Friday.

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