Mangaluru, June 7, 2017: In a swift operation this morning, Indian Coast Guard has rescued seven fishermen who were doomed in a sinking boat off the coast of Mangaluru. The rescue was performed by Coast Guard personnel from onboard ICGS Rajdoot which had been rushed to the aid of the fishermen under the command of Commandant Girish Chander.
ICGS Rajdoot arrived at the position at 10:49 AM and safely retrieved all seven fishermen from the distressed boat at 10:52 AM, according to a media communiqué released by Indian Coast Guard station at Mangalore.
This is the second major rescue operation being taken up by the Indian Coast Guard local unit in the last four days. Last Saturday, the Coast Guard was called in for the rescue of 27 sailors on board the dredging barge Ibis which had struck a rock and started sinking off the Ullal coast. All were successfully recued by ICGS Amartya in an overnight operation.
The seven fishermen of fishing boat Manjeshwari had sailed out of Old Port Mangalore at about 9:00 AM this morning and were heading towards Malpe Harbour. After covering a distance of about 3 kilometres, while transiting off Tannir Bhavi, the 27 feet Gillnet boat started getting flooded due to heavy swell and high waves. When they realised that the situation was getting out of hand, the fishermen raised alarm for their immediate rescue.
On being informed by the VTMS, New Mangalore Port Trust at 09:25 AM., Indian Coast Guard Headquarters at Panambur immediately despatched ICGS Rajdoot to rescue the vessel in distress. Coast Guard Ship Savitri Bai Phule was also directed to proceed from its patrol area to render assistance to the distressed fishing boat.
ICGS Rajdoot returned to New Mangalore Harbour at 11:15 AM with the rescued crew.
According to the Coast Guard media release all the stakeholders were kept in the loop and the entire operation was coordinated amongst them.
“The Coast Guard Operations were overseen by the Commander, Coast Guard Karnataka, Deputy Inspector General SS Dasila. The District administration supported the operation. Dr. KG Jagadeesh, the District Collector deputed Mr. Mahesh Kumar, Deputy Director of Fisheries to Coast Guard Headquarters, Panambur for the coordination. New Mangalore Port Trust kept their Tug standby to assist the rescue. All the stakeholders willingly took part as a well-knit team,” the media release said.
"Time is very important factor in a rescue operation. Timely alarm by the fishermen for immediate rescue helped in their saving. I thank all the stakeholders for working as a coordinated team in saving precious lives at sea. I urge them to continue to support us in the future,” said DIG SS Dasila after the completion of the rescue operation.
Though monsoon fishing ban is presently in force, local fishermen often endanger themselves by venturing into the rough seas.