2604 fishermen rescued, search on for remaining: Tamil Nadu government

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2017

Chennai: The Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have rescued 357 fishermen including 71 from Tamil Nadu who were stranded due to cyclone Ockhi and 20 of their ships, 8 aircrafts and 5 helicopters are patrolling the Lakshadweep sea to search and rescue fishermen.

"A total of 243 fishermen in Tamil Nadu, 250 in Kerala and 1047 persons in Lakshadweep have been rescued so far".

The cyclone, which hit Lakshadweep on Saturday, causing widespread damage, also claimed 13 lives in Sri Lanka.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Ockhi was likely to weaken gradually from Sunday morning.

They rescued 19 rescued fishermen from the high seas off the Colachel coast in Kanyakumari besides salvaging their vessel and brought them to safety in the harbour.

Coast Guard along with the other central agencies are now engaged in the search and rescue operation of the fishermen, who reportedly went missing in sea following cyclone Ockhi which had a devastating effect in Kanyakumari district and in Kerala.

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The cyclone, which struck southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 30, has ravaged a large part of coastal areas. "We were thrown into the sea by the cyclone (Ockhi)".

According to defence officials, the coast guards carry out search operations within 100 to 150 nautical miles and they go beyond that depending on the situation.

It also said that 25 Tamil Nadu fishing boats had also taken shelter at Meriya Bander, Ratnagiri and Devgarh. It also issued a warning to the local fishermen to remain off the sea.

In addition, 80 fishing boats from Kerala, 45 from Karnataka and 15 from Goa have reached Devgarh, Malvan, Meriya Bandar and Karwar ports safely.

Several agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Navy and the Air Force, worked together to rescue over 200 stranded fishermen on Friday. Six boats have been retrieved thus far during search and rescue operations, the Minister said.

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