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Updated: March 3, 2013 02:36 IST

Fishermen, boat rescued

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Indian Coast Guard Ship, Naikidevi, Tuticorin station, is towing a stranded fishing boat off Kanyakumari coast, on Saturday
Indian Coast Guard Ship, Naikidevi, Tuticorin station, is towing a stranded fishing boat off Kanyakumari coast, on Saturday

Great effort by Coast Guard staff

A stranded country fishing boat, which left Tuticorin with a crew of six fishermen onboard, was rescued by the Indian Coast Guard personnel in Tuticorin station on Saturday.

The fishermen were brought back safely to the shore.

Thanks to the lifesaving effort of the Coast Guard personnel.

The boat went adrift 25 nautical miles south of Manapad coast, owing to the engine failure.

P. Santhya Pacheik, owner, said timely efforts of the coast guard personnel saved the lives of the fishermen. Mr. Pacheik sought help at 2.30 p.m. on Friday.

Immediate steps

When contacted, Commandant S.E.D. Anand Kumar, ICG, Tuticorin Station, told The Hindu that the coast guard ship Naikidevi sailed immediately in search of the boat.

The boat was located at 11 p.m. on March 1 30 miles east off Kanyakumari coast.

The boat with the crew was handed over safely to the boat owner here on Saturday, the Commandant said.

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The government must make sure that the owner of the boat pays the Coast Guard the cost of rescue and adequate compensation for the fishermen's suffering. Too often the owners get scot free after their ill-maintained boats get stranded. The owners try to save money by not maintaining the boats and it is the fishermen and taxpayers who pay the price.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Mar 3, 2013 at 16:49 IST
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