Mangalore, December 6 2018: In a tragic turn of events, a fisherman who had accidentally fallen overboard at sea died even as Indian Coast Guard launched a massive search and rescue operation to save him. The victim, identified as M. Suluvai Crus, was a crew member of fishing vessel ‘Gain’ (Registration no IND KL-07-MM-5294).
According to sources with Indian Coast Guard, last night at about 8.00 p.m., they received a distress call from the owner of the fishing boat seeking help to locate the victim who had fallen overboard. The boat with 16 crewmen on board was anchored six nautical miles off the coast of Mangalore.
Responding to the emergency, Coast Guard Ship Amartya based at New Mangalore Port was immediately diverted from routine patrol at sea to proceed full speed for Search and Rescue (SAR) of the missing fisherman. The ship reached the position shortly before midnight and established communication with the fishing boat.
The ship assumed extensive search in the area for the missing fisherman and also ascertained that all crew of the boat were in safe and healthy condition and have sufficient stock of logistics material. Coast Guard District Headquarters-3 based at New Mangalore also liaised with Coastal Security Police and the fisheries department to form a part of the SAR operation team as the area was close to the coast in shallow waters.
At about 12:25 noon on Thursday (06, December), the owner of the fishing boat informed the Coast Guard team that the body of missing fisherman has been recovered by them. As a result the search and rescue operation was called off.
More details are awaited.