Staff Reporter

Kochi: A warship of the Southern Naval Command rescued a stranded fishing boat by towing it to safety off the Kochi coast.

According to a Navy media communiqué, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Bangaram, which was on patrol, received a distress message from fishing vessel ‘Arogyamatha’ at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday. During search, the vessel was located adrift about 50 km off the Thrissur coast.

Engine trouble

The shaft plate of the boat had broken and its engine had gone silent.

INS Bangaram took the vessel under tow and after nearly nine hours, it was released off the coast of Munambam in the reassuring company of other fishing boats.

Vessel owners

The owners of the vessel were identified as Preemus of Kanyakumari district and Thankachan and Samban from Munambam.

INS Bangaram is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Varghese Mathew.