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Three killed and eleven fishermen missing in the boat ship collision off the kerala coast: Most of the casualties belong to Tamil Nadu

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 Harbour.

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 the incident.

In most of the incidents the fishermen killed or injured belonged to Tamil Nadu.


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