The Indian Coast Guard has yet again
come to rescue of a fishing boat reported missing at sea off Dahanu. On 30
August, it was reported to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of
the Indian Coast Guard at Mumbai that Fishing Boat Ram Prasad has sunk at about
40 miles off Palghar Mumbai. All the 10 fishermen on board boat were reportedly
rescued by another boat Prem Sai around 0900 hrs on 30 August. However, Fishing
Boat Prem Sai was not traceable after this. Efforts by owners to contact Prem
Sai also failed. Acting on the input, the Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra
Prahari on patrol was diverted to look for the boat.
One Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast
Guard was launched at 1500 hrs from Daman to search for the missing boat Prem
Sai. Despite the strong winds and prevailing inclement weather, the Dornier
continued the search for the missing boat till sunset. The boat could not be
sighted during this search and Dornier returned to base with sunset. The
missing boat was becoming a concern as it had almost double the number of crew
on board and rough seas and heavy winds were not supportive. ICGS Samudra
Prahari continued search for the boat throughout the night.
The Dornier was again launched at first
light of 31 August to continue the search. After extensive search, fishing boat
Prem Sai was located at 0925 hrs at about 37 miles west of Tarapur in company
of Fishing boat Sai Narayana. The boats were having all the crew of Ramprasad.
The Boat Prem Sai intimated that all crew were safe and she was engaged in
fishing, after which she will head for Nawa Bunder, Gujarat. Both the boats,
Ram Prasad and Prem Sai operated form Nawa Bunder.
Concurrently, massive search and rescue
operations are being undertaken by Coast guard ships and aircraft along
Gujarat, Maharashtra and Kerala Coast. The search operation by the Indian Coast
Guard ship and Dornier again proves the commitment and resolve of the service
to be saviours at sea.