Mangaluru, Jan 22, 2018: Coast Guard Headquarters, Karnataka was actively involved in yet another SAR operation wherein 10 fishermen were rescued from IFB sea shell (IND - KL - 04 – MM -1372) 100 Km west of Malpe belonging to Kannur, district of Kerala.
The boat has been in distress since 20 Jan 2018 due to flooding in machinery compartment and multiple machineries failure onboard. Indian Coast Guard Remote Operating Centre (ROS) Mangalore received the distress call from fishing boat at 1830 hrs on 20 Jan 2018 and immediately ICG Samar in area was diverted for rendering assistance.
At 2120 hours, on 21 Jan 2018 ICGS Samar located the fishing boat about 90 Km west of Malpe, carried out night boarding operations and undertook repairs for stopping the ingress of water into the boat. The crew was provided with necessary assistance and fishing boat taken under tow by the ship. ICGS Samar handed over the boat along with the 10 crew to DD fisheries, off old Mangalore port at 1245 hrs on 22 Jan 2018.
On completion of SAR DIG SS Dasila Coast Guard Commander, Karnataka brought out the issue of negligence on part of owners of fishing boats wherein not keeping track of boats once they venture into sea in terms of safety and security of crew. The matter is being taken up with state and district administration for ensuring that the owners be made more responsible and plays an active role in ensuring safety and security of crew onboard once they venture into sea for fishing. The Commander further stated that towing of fishing boat is not per say role of ICG, however in this instant it was undertaken on humanitarian grounds. Units of ICG are ever ready to safeguard the national maritime interest he added.