Will talk to the Defence Ministry if no action is taken: Parrikar

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Friday, exuded confidence that the Indian Coast Guard would initiate prompt action after holding a board of inquiry over a Coast Guard vessel that hit a trawler in deep sea off Canacona coast on Thursday.

At a press conference here, the trawler owners from Cutbona, Vasco and Panaji demanded that the vessel be seized and the Captain arrested for moving away after the accident without helping or rescuing the crew of the trawler, which broke into two after the vessel hit it.

Talking to presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Parrikar expressed his inability to take action as the incident happened beyond the State jurisdiction. “My hands are tied since the accident happened in the international territory,” Mr. Parrikar said. The accident took place 47 nautical miles off Agonda coast in Canacona, the southernmost taluk of Goa.

He, however, proposed to take it up with the Defence Ministry if the Coast Guard failed to act against the vessel after appropriate inquiry.

The Coast Guard vessel ICGS Vaibhav hit the fishing trawler ‘Sea Messiah’ in the wee hours of Thursday breaking the trawler into two.

The crew members kept themselves afloat for nearly five hours till 23 members were rescued by other fishing trawlers.

Only one body has been traced by the Coast Guard, while five crew members are still missing.

The Cutbona Boat Owners’ Union, accompanied by Minister for Fisheries Avertano Furtado and Velim MLA Benjamin Silva, had held a meeting with the Coast Guard officials on Friday.

The Coast Guard has already ordered a board of Inquiry into the incident. “I will wait for the report from the Coast Guard. If no action is taken, I will approach the Defence Ministry,” the Chief Minister said.

  • A Coast Guard vessel hit a fishing trawler on Thursday, breaking the trawler into two

  • While one body has been traced, five crew members are still missing