Coastguards rescue 11 fishermen stranded off Malpe
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Wednesday rescued 11 fishermen stranded at sea 35 nautical miles from the coast due to strong winds and swells from the IFB fishing boat “Sagar Samrat” and ensured that the boat fishing as well as fishermen reach the fishing port of Malpe. without issue.
A statement from the Karnataka Coast Guard said here that the fishing vessel had lost its propulsion due to an engine failure in severe weather conditions and called for help from merchant vessels in transit. The merchant ships in turn sought assistance from the Mumbai Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC).
The ICG vessel Rajdoot left New Mangalore to undertake a search and rescue operation and arrived at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Due to inclement weather and various complications including battery drain, ration / freshwater exhaustion, ICGS Rajdoot towed the fishing boat with 11 healthy fishermen at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday.
The vessel handed over the boat at 5:20 p.m. to another fishing vessel, Dhanishka-I, arranged by the fisheries authorities about 5 nautical miles off the coast of Malpe.
In addition, electronic surveillance in the area is maintained through a coastal surveillance network to guide fishing vessels in the area to safer locations. And, regular weather alerts are also being transmitted, the statement said.