Special Correspondent

NAGAPATTINAM: Three fishermen – Kaliyaperumal, Vaithialingam and Ramiah (all middle-aged) of Akkaraipettai coastal hamlet here were said to be missing while fishing in the sea.

The fishermen ventured into the sea in a mechanised boat on June 27 early morning but did not return on the scheduled date on June 29. The families of fishermen and fishermen associations lodged a complaint in this regard to the Collector and the Fisheries department.

Collector M. Jayaraman on Tuesday met the families of the three fishermen at Akkaraipettai and consoled them. He said that the panchayatdars of fishermen community were also searching the sea.

The Collector pointed out that he had informed the Government and the Coast Guard and Navy were asked to trace the fishermen.

A cross-section of fishermen told The Hindu that the missing fishermen might have been abducted or drowned as there was heavy wind and high tides in the last two days.

The fishermen requested the Government to take immediate steps to trace them.

Meanwhile, fishermen of several coastal villages in Nagapattinam district did not venture into the sea on Wednesday and Thursday demanding the Government to take quick steps to trace the three missing fishermen.

A leader of the fishermen association in Akkaraipettai told The Hindu on Thursday that a group of fishermen had also gone in mechanised boats in search of the fishermen.