Indian Coast Guard rescues 55 Myanmarese fishermen

Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 15:37

Port Blair: Fifty-five Myanmarese fishermen have been rescued by Coast Guard personnel from high sea near Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The fishermen were rescued in a coordinated search operation for two days by Coast Guard personnel and a naval dornier aircraft, a coast guard release said today.

The fishermen were spotted adrift in Andaman Sea on 145 bamboo rafts.

The release said that Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of Yangon alerted their Indian counterparts in Port Blair on Saturday about the fishermen who were washed away on bamboo rafts from Myanmar coast due to bad weather.

Coast guard kept a constant vigil since then and spotted the fishermen in Andaman Sea, officials said.

They were without food or water and were provided medical assistance and given food on rescue, coast guard officials said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 15:37
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