The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) pulled off another midsea rescue and saved seven fishermen from a sinking boat off the coast here on Wednesday. The fishermen, who had sailed out of the Old Port at Mangaluru at 9 a.m., were headed to Malpe Harbour. The 27 ft gillnet boat reported ‘flooding’ due to ‘heavy swell and high waves’ as it transited off the Tannir Bhavi shore, barely 3 km into its journey.
The fishermen sent out a distress call to the Manguluru Port Trust which immediately alerted the ICGS Headquarters, Panambur. The HQ immediately sent ICGS Rajdoot, an inshore patrol vessel (IPV), to the location. The personnel in the vessel rescued all the fishermen, an ICGS press release said. This is the second major rescue operation taken up by the ICG local unit in the past few days.
The ICG was called in to rescue 27 sailors on board dredging barge Ibis which had started sinking off the Ullal coast after hitting a rock last Saturday. All were successfully rescued by ICGS Amartya in an overnight operation. “Time is very important factor in a rescue operation. Timely alarm by the fishermen for immediate rescue helped in their saving,” DIG S S Dasila, commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka, said after the completion of the rescue operation
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