A fishing boat which was drowning after its engine room was flooded with water in mid-sea was rescued by the personnel of Indian Coast Guard. The boat reached the coast safely on Thursday with the help of the Coast Guard officials.
According to a release issued by Indian Coast Guard, the incident happened on Wednesday about 29 nautical miles west of the Devgad island off Karwar coast. The Coast Guard Ship Sankalp while on routine patrol responded to the distress call raised by fishing boat Vijovin registered at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. The boat had 13 crew members onboard. The boat had left Kochi on November 30 for deep-sea fishing with all documents in order. The fishermen reported uncontrollable ingress of sea water in their engine room and were to sink in position in the sea.
The boarding party from the Coast Guard vessel embarked and began de-flooding using portable submersible pumps as the observed ingress rate was approx 50-70 TPH, the release said.
INS Kondul a patrolling ship belonging to Indian Navy off Karwar arrived to render support and the divers from both the ships succeeded in temporarily plugging about a dozen holes in the keel area of the sinking boat. When the water ingress was minimal, the boat made way to the nearest shore for seeking necessary repairs. A boat which was in the vicinity too came to help the Coast Guard personnel and escorted the damaged boat as a goodwill gesture and later resumed fishing without demanding any recognition. .
The damaged boat entered Karwar for shelter on Thursday. IC-124, the Karwar-based Coast Guard craft on routine patrol later visited the craft along with CSP & fisheries representatives to facilitate her disposal.
The boat reportedly has about 600 kg of fish (particularly squids) onboard and the owner of the boat has been informed.