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Somalians found unconscious in boat near Veraval coast

Seven foreign nationals were found in an unconscious state in a boat near Veraval coast by local fishermen today, Coast Guard officials said here.

Updated: Jul 03, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

Rajkot: Seven foreign nationals were found
in an unconscious state in a boat near Veraval coast by
local fishermen today, Coast Guard officials said here.

Given their weak physical condition, they have been
admitted to Veraval general hospital for treatment, they said.
"Their boat was devoid of food or water and the seven
people claimed they were fishermen from Somalia and had
ventured into the sea near their country for fishing," an
official said.

They claimed that pirates robbed them on May 24 and
damaged their boat but the fishermen managed to get hold of
another one, which started drifting into the sea and somehow
reached Veraval, he said.

ICG officials said communicating with the foreign
nationals was very difficult as they cannot speak English.

The fishermen would be interrogated again with the help
of an interpreter once they are declared fit, coast guard
officials added.

PTI