Paradip: In a swift search and rescue mission, 13 seagoing fishermen who were stranded mid-sea in cyclonic weather for over 24 hours were rescued and towed to safety by coast guard personnel.
In view of cyclone “Titli” warning, Coast Guard ha geared up its patrolling drive to track vessels stranded in mid-sea. The drive had been undertaken on October 9 and 10. The dronnier aircraft pressed into service for the purpose had spotted 115 vessels fishing in troubled waters. Our patrol ships had reached them and had asked them to return back to jetties. The crews of the vessels had abided by our directions, Commandant, Paradip Coast Guard, B. Nath Mahato.
However two vessels with 13 crews on board were sighted yesterday drifting along the seawaters. The vessels had failed to negotiate the rough sea. The search and rescue operation was immediately undertaken. The coast guard Dornier aircraft was deployed in the mission. A Coast Guard Patrol ship was diverted for the mission.
The fishing vessel was drifting on the seawaters without direction. As the seawater was unsteady and wavering, the fishing vessel had failed to negotiate the rough sea condition. The windy weather had also made the things worse for the vessel’s crews, said CG official.
After the rescue act, the vessel and its crewmembers were towed back safety, he added.
Throwing safety norms to winds, the sea-going fishermen are putting their lives at peril. The cyclone “Titli’ had been sounded well in advance and it had been duly publicised by government agencies. Still, the marine fishermen are undertaking hazardous sea voyage. It’s an exceedingly disturbing trend, said Coast Guard personnel.