At least three
fishermen were killed and eleven persons missing as an unknown vessel rammed a
fishing boat off Kochi coast around 3.30 am on August seventh. As many as
fourteen workers were on board the
fishing boat Oceanic, which was completely damaged in the mid sea collision.
Among the workers 11 people were natives of Tamil Nadu, two were from West
Bengal and one from Kerala. The Coast Guard has launched a search for the
vessel which sped away after the incident.
The incident occurred around 23 nautical miles
off Nattika coast in central Kerala. The boat had ventured into the sea from
Munambam fishing harbour on August fifth. According to sources the workers were
resting in the boat after fishing when the ship rammed the boat. The bodies of
two fishermen - natives of Kolkata and Tamil Nadu - were brought to Munambam
There has been a spurt in mid sea collisions off
Kochi coast off late which has panicked the coastal populace. Though the
fishermen have urged the government to ensure their safety at sea, there have
been no steps in this regard.
Two fishermen had suffered injuries after a cargo
ship rammed a fishing boat 47 km off Kochi coast on June 7. The ship sped away
without caring for the fishermen in the boat which was partially damaged in the
collision. The Mercantile Marine Department identified the ship as a
Palau-flagged vessel, which was on its way to Alang in Gujarat for scrapping.
A Thailand registered merchant vessel Mayuree
Naree hit a fishing boat off Kochi coast early on July 8 and sailed away, in
yet another mid-sea hit and run case.
A registered bulk carrier MV Amber L collided
with a fishing boat off Kochi coast claiming the lives of three fishermen off
Kochi coast in June 2017.
On February 15, 2012, two fishermen were shot
dead by Italian Marines on board Italian vessel Enrica Lexie. M V Prabhu Daya,
a cargo ship carrying iron ore from Goa to a Chinese port rammed a fishing boat
off Alappuzha coast killing five fishermen in 2012. Two persons were injured in
In most of the incidents the fishermen killed or
injured belonged to Tamil Nadu.