Mangaluru, Dec 4, 2017 : Coast Guard District Headquarters, Karnataka, was actively involved in rendering support to fishermen stranded and in distress during Cyclone Ockhi along the Arabian Sea coast.
Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Amartya rescued fishing boat Tathwamasi (Regd No. IND KL 07 MM 5184) with 22 crew belonging to Beypore on 03 December 2017. The boat was in distress due to gear box failure and because of rough sea conditions, was drifting towards rocks. Ship’s technical team boarded the boat and rectified the defect within 02 hours. Thereafter, the ship escorted the fishing boat safely to Beypore.
ICGS Shoor rescued 04 fishermen stranded at Suheli Par Island, Lakshadweep on 03 December 2017. They belong to fishing boat St Antony, which was grounded on 02 December 2017 and were surviving on rice and water. The fishermen were provided with clothes, food and medical aid by the ship.
Due to the presence of Cyclone Ockhi, rough sea conditions are prevailing. Many fishing boats have taken refuge in Karwar Bay. 32 fishing boats belonging to Tamil Nadu with 346 fishermen, 14 boats belonging to Kerala with 103 fishermen, 27 boats belonging to Goa with 565 fishermen, 21 boats belonging to Mangalore with 114 fishermen and 35 fishing boats belonging to Malpe with 119 fishermen have taken shelter in Karwar.
Similarly, fishing boats Al Nafisa (Regd No. IND KA 01 MM 3395) with 09 fishermen and Misa I (Regd No. IND KA 01 MM 3378) with 10 fishermen have entered New Mangalore Port for the shelter. Both boats belonged to Old Port, Mangalore.