Five Goan trawlers with 40 crew missing in Arabian sea
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 23:11
Panaji: Five fishing trawlers carrying about 40 crew members are missing in the cyclone ravaged Arabian Sea and an intense search is on by the Coast Guard and Indian Navy helicopters to trace them, officials stated.

The fishing community has claimed the capsize of two trawlers in mid-sea but there is no news about the crew on board them even as the forces launched aerial surveillance and seaward search for the stranded trawlers.

ICG spokesman said that three Coast Guard ships, a Coast Guard fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter have continued with their search off-shore as well as on-shore.

"The search will continue till tomorrow," ICG said.

This morning at 0530 hrs, Coast Guard Ship Sangram rescued six crew belonging to Goan Fishing Vessel Jeevan-1, which sank off Ratnagiri.

"Total 29 crew were reported on this vessel and remaining 23 are likely to be either missing or might have been rescued by some other fishing vessel. Details are awaited," the spokesman said.

"Another fishing vessel Saude De Marai from Goa was abandoned by its crew at anchorage off Jaigad and all six crew were rescued by another fishing vessel and brought to Goa," he added.

The Coast Guard stated that they began an aerial search today from 06.30 hrs onwards but could not sight any survivor or vessel in distress in the ocean.

"About three hours aerial search by Coast Guard fixed wing aircraft was also carried out in the south Maharashtra and north Goa," the spokesman said.

Goa which has around 1,200 fishing trawlers woke up to the shock on Wednesday when 35 of its trawlers carrying more than 200 people on board went missing.

State fisheries department confirmed that by Wednesday evening, 24 trawlers had reported about their safety back home while eleven were still stranded mid-sea.

Later in the night, more trawlers reported to various shores. Most of them drifted to Ratnagiri, Vengurla and Jaigad in Konkan belt of Maharashtra.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 23:11

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