Two trawlers sink; eight others with 39 members missing

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 15:21

Panaji: Two trawlers sunk off-Goa coast
and eight others with 39 crew members have gone missing in the
cyclone-ravaged Arabian Sea.

Goa Fisheries Director S C Verenkar today said the
eight trawlers were accounted as missing mid-sea, a day after
intense search operation was launched by defence forces to
locate them.

The Fishermens` Society here said that two trawlers
plying from Mallim jetty sank and one of the trawlers named
`Jeevan` was carrying 29 crew members, of which only six crew
members could be rescued while 23 are missing mid-sea.

"We are searching for them and all possible resources
are being used to trace them," Menino Afonso, Chairman,
Mandovi Fisheries Cooperative Society Limited, told a news agency today.

Another trawler named `St Fransic Xavier` carrying
around ten fishermen also capsized mid sea, but all were
rescued by nearby boats, Afonso said.

The mid-sea rescue operations, which were initiated by
the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy, got help from local
fishermen, who rushed to help as the sea remained a bit calm.

Gusty winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning had
left 35 trawlers stranded in the sea of which 24 could be
contacted by evening hours.

Sensing disturbed weather, the trawlers had rushed to
the nearest coasts and had landed in the Konkan belt.Initially
no communication could be established but later they
responded.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 15:21

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