31 October 2019
Kochi: Five fishermen were rescued from a sinking boat IFB Samool by a coordinated operation of Indian Coast Guard and Merchant Vessel Crimson Knight amidst a cyclonic weather on Thursday.
Reportedly, fishing boat Samool went for fishing at October 28 from Chettuva Harbour in Kerala. It raised alarm and reported sinking at about 12.30 AM on Thursday. As MV Crimson Knight was passing close to the boat, it was requested by the Coast Guard to rescue the fishermen.
The rescued fishermen were later transferred to Coast Guard Ship which entered Kochi at 01 AM and handed over the fishermen to fisheries department.
Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft are constantly advising fishermen not to venture into sea and advising fishermen at sea to return to harbours. Merchant vessels transmitting through area have been roped in for warning and rescue operation and have been requested to maintain look out for fishing boats and advise them to return to harbour.
Presently, storm warning is in force. Two systems (Kyaar and Maha) have developed in Arabian Sea. In rough sea conditions fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea. Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been pressed into action.
A number of boats have taken shelter in different ports in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Boats have been advised not to leave shelter location till weather improves.