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More tankers wash ashore on Kasaragod beaches; suspected from sunken ship

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A gas tanker that was washed ashore, off Kottikulam Beach in Kasaragod on Tuesday.— PHOTO: K. VINAYA KUMAR
A gas tanker that was washed ashore, off Kottikulam Beach in Kasaragod on Tuesday.— PHOTO: K. VINAYA KUMAR

Baffled after spotting three huge gas tankers on Berika beach near Kumbla on Tuesday, two more similar tankers were found in Kottikulam and Mogral–Puthur beaches.

Local authorities here took steps to ensure their safety till the higher-ups reach the spot.

Amid apprehension that the debris, including the tankers, refrigerators and soft drink rackets could have drifted out of Merchant Vessel Mol Comfort that sank in the Indian Ocean on June 26, Coast Guard officials were in touch with the sunken ship’s office in Mumbai, District Collector P.S. Muhammed Sagir told The Hindu on Wednesday.

Senior Coast Guard officials in Kochi and those of the Chemruk Factories and Builders, a public sector rescue team from Kochi, are expected here on Thursday to establish the identity of the debris that got washed ashore, Mr. Sagir said.

A few more debris suspected to be from the sunken ship is seemingly floating towards Kozhikode beach, he said.

By all means, the substances, if any, inside the tankers would not be harmful for the human being and the facts would be known only after the authorities carried out detailed inspection of the drifted debris, he said.

The Collector’s assertion comes amid apprehension by the residents of the beaches that their lives were in danger in the light of confusion over the contents inside the huge tankers that were washed ashore on the beaches in the district.

He said arrangements had been made to anchor the three large-sized capsule fixed tankers joined in an iron frame after they started drifting towards a nearby rocky formation and security personnel have been deployed on the beaches to ensure the safety of the debris.

The Coastal Police have collected the details marked on the tankers and have passed them on to the Coast Guard, V. Shekharan, SI, Coastal Police here said.

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