Police grant permission for ship to leave Kochi coast
The Chinese second officer of the Panama-flagged cargo vessel, Izumo, which allegedly rammed a fishing dinghy off Beypore coast, was released on bail by the police on Saturday after recording his arrest late on Friday night.
Ye Lei was arrested after investigations showed that he was in charge of the vessel at the time of the accident. The ship allegedly hit the dinghy ‘Al-Ameen’ 18 nautical miles off Beypore on Wednesday, forcing all three fishermen on it to jump overboard. It was intercepted by the Coast Guard and detained at seven nautical miles off the Kochi coast.
The police team under K.R. Premkumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode South, is learnt to have interrogated Mr. Lei and seized the documents related to the case. The officer was booked under Sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.
After releasing the accused on bail, the police gave permission for the ship to leave the Kochi coast.
However, the parallel investigation conducted by the Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) on orders from the Director General of Shipping will take some more time to complete. Captain Santosh Kumar Darokar on Friday interrogated the ship’s crew including its master Huan Jin Bao and second officer, but the process of deciphering the data card from the ship’s voyage data recorder (VDR) is far from over.
“It will take a day or two more to decrypt the memory card, after which the ship will be granted permission to sail out,” he told The Hindu .
The MMD officials are also examining the navigation documents seized from the ship to confirm its position at the time of the accident. “We are still examining the evidence and nothing can be said conclusively as of now,” he said.
When questioned, the master of the ship said he was unsure of any involvement in the accident.
Assistant Commissioner of Police learnt to have interrogated Mr. Lei MMD officials examining the navigation documents seized from the vessel
Assistant Commissioner of Police learnt to have interrogated Mr. Lei
MMD officials examining the navigation documents seized from the vessel