The Coast Guard on Monday rescued nine fishermen whose trawler was stuck in the turbulent sea.
Chandra R. Suvana, owner of the boat, said that its engine stopped after being hit by a wave while it was on its way to the fishing harbour. The driver sent a distress call around 11 a.m. and the information was passed on to Mr. Suvarna.
“As the sea was rough, we were not in a position to rescue those in the boat. Other boats entering the harbour also could not pull it towards the harbour,” Mr. Suvarna said. He met Deputy Director of Fisheries Suresh Kumar to seek the help of the Coast Guard.
Rajender Singh Sapal, Commandant of Coast Guard, Karnataka, said the Coast Guard deployed their ship ‘Lakshmi Bai' that had come from Kochi to take part in the Sagar Kavach operation, which was called off owing to rough weather.
The Coast Guard ship left at 2.30 p.m. “We located the distressed boat at 4.30 p.m. There were nine members in it,” Mr. Sapal said. The boat has been now brought to the New Mangalore Port .
Meanwhile, the search continued for cargo vessel MSV Al-Askar that was damaged near Amini Island of Lakshadweep on Sunday. Mustafa Shafi, owner of the vessel, said six persons were in the vessel that left the Old Harbour on November 24. While five persons were from Gujarat, the captain, Shankar, was from Kerala. Mr. Shafi said a Coast Guard wing from Lakshadweep was on a search mission.
Mr. Suresh Kumar said the Meteorological Department had issued a warning on Sunday about the sea being rough for the next 72 hours. Several fishing boats were seen anchored at the harbour on Monday.