Boats capsize in weather change

Sudden changes in weather off the Thiruvananthapuram coast on Thursday toppled fishing boats, endangering the lives of about 18 fishermen. By evening, two of them were still missing while the rest were rescued.

The police said 18 fishermen, 12 of them in a single boat, who had gone to sea from various points from Pozhiyoor to Kadinamkulam and Vizhinjam unexpectedly encountered rough weather and their boats capsized. With some of the fishermen, who hung onto their boats, managing to relay the message to the mainland, the district administration contacted the Indian Cost Guard (ICG) by about 3 a.m., triggering a massive search and rescue operation. Apart from the ICG, the Marine Enforcement, personnel from the coastal police stations, other fishermen, and members of the coastal vigil committees formed the rescue teams.

The ICG Station at Vizhinjam deployed its ship, C-150, and as per a release, the vessel rescued four fishermen off the Vizhinjam coast. Their boat ‘St. Antony’ was also towed ashore by 10 a.m. They were identified as Selvaraj and Sarjin, both 40; Clement, 45; and Rajesh, 30; all from Vizhinjam.

According to ICG officials at Vizhinjam, 12 of the remaining fishermen also reached the shore safely after the coastal police, Marine Enforcement, and members of the coastal vigil committees fanned out in the sea in search of them. The missing fishermen were identified as Casper Peter, 54, of Kadinamkulam, and Damien, 45, of Vizhinjam.

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