The Indian Coast Guard rescued 15 ornithologists and three crew members
stranded in the mid sea off the coast of Puducherry after their vessel
developed a technical snag Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters
The 18 people – three crew members and 15 ornithologists from Puducherry, Chennai
and Mumbai – had ventured into the sea in the mechanised vessel from the
harbour here on September 17th night.
After the vessel travelled 15 nautical miles into the Bay of Bengal, it
developed a technical snag. The people aboard contacted their friends and
relatives on the shore who alerted the police. The police then sought the
services of the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard team located the vessel and towed it
back to the shore yesterday.
An inquiry found the vessel lacked basic communication equipment,
Narayanasamy said, adding that the police was probing the incident. The chief
minister urged people heading to the sea in private boats to first check
whether the vessels were well equipped and whether their owners had the