Mangaluru, Oct 29 : Indian Coast Guard personal have rescued nine fishermen who were caught in the middle of Arabian Sea, despite heavy rain and gusty wind blowing under the influence of cyclone 'Kyarr, an official statement said here on Tuesday.
Commander S S Dasila of Indian Coast Guard HQ at Panambur-Mangalore stated that distress message was received from the Office of SP, CSP, Malpe regarding missing of two fishing boats IFB Ganga Ganesh and IFB Suvarna Jyothi with six crew each on the board.
Their last known position of IFBs was reported off Vasco.
Accordingly, the information was shared with No 11 Coast Guard District Headquarters, Goa. Subsequently Coast Guard ships Amal, Apoorva, Amartya and Samudra Prahari operating off Goa, Karnataka coast were pressed into action for search of above two missing boats. The ships were also assisted by Coast Guard aircraft from New Mangalore.
One ship ICGS Rajdoot was also pressed into action exclusively for the Karnataka coast, the statement further said. In the meantime, the information was also shared with Headquarters, Coast Guard Region(West) at Mumbai.
Accordingly, ICGS Samrat on EEZ deployment from Mumbai was also directed to look for two missing boats. Subsequently on October 26 whilst the ship was operating 25 Nm south west of Murud Janjira, received a VHF call on Channel 16 from MT Hari Aradhana requesting Indian Coast Guard for immediate assistance for rescue fishermen stuck on a stranded Indian fishing boat Suvarna Jyothi.
Later, the Motor Tanker informed the Coast Guard ship regarding one crew of IFB getting over boarded during rescue efforts due to severe weather and very poor visibility.
The ship sighted a stranded IFB identified as Ganga Ganesh located 39 NM west of Tolkeshwar point. Indian Coast Guard ship Samrat rescued and saved nine lives. All the crew were stable and provided with basic supplies. Finally, ship entered Mormagoa harbor on Monday, the statement added. (UNI)