Staff Correspondent

Udupi: A fisherman was killed when a gillnet boat anchored at the Malpe fisheries harbour caught fire accidentally on Thursday morning.

According to Malpe police, fisherman Anthony (31), resident of Poonthura near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, was sleeping in a boat which accidentally caught fire at around 2 a.m. on Thursday. The fisherman died of suffocation, the police said. A case has been registered.

Seven other fishermen sleeping on the deck of the boat, however, escaped unhurt.