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MISHAP: The boat that sank near the estuary in Mangalore on Tuesday
MISHAP: The boat that sank near the estuary in Mangalore on Tuesday

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This is said to be the second such incident in the last one month

MANGALORE: Siltation at Mangalore fishing harbour is said to have led to the capsizing of a trawler on Tuesday morning close to the Bengre-side breakwater, according to eyewitnesses.

The boat “Sagara-Sakha” reportedly belonged to U.K. Aliyabba. A new trawler costs over Rs. 40 lakh.

No one injured

Panambur police said that nobody was injured in the incident. The owner is yet to lodge a complaint.

Eyewitnesses said that the fishermen were about to venture into the sea when the accident occurred. It is said that the boat ran aground and capsized. Deputy Director of Fisheries Sureshkumar Ullal and Trawl Boat Owners’ Union said on Tuesday afternoon that they had no information about the accident.

This was the second such incident in the last one month, they said.

Seetharam Suvarna, president of Mangalore Trawl Boat Meenugarara Sangha, told The Hindu that the silt was causing problems to fishermen. The boats that returned with loads of fish could not enter the harbour, especially during low tide. They had to wait for hours for high tide. The wait led to deterioration of the quality of the fish, he said. However, the authorities had taken up dredging at select places recently, which the fishermen had opposed. They had contended that the equipment being put to use by the authorities was not suited to the task and that the Rs. 1.83 crore released for the same was inadequate.

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