Two Indian Coast Guard sailors missing

Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:48

Chennai: Two Indian Coast Guard sailors
on board a Sri Lankan fishing boat being towed to Chennai are
missing from the last two days, officials said on Friday.

Officials said the boat might have strayed into Sri
Lankan waters and there was delay in rescuing the sailors as
contact could not be established with fishermen on board.

The Coast Guard is also in touch with Sri Lankan
authorities to get the sailors released.

On Wednesday night, a Coast Guard patrol ship spotted
Sri Lankan fishermen on seven boats fishing in Indian waters,
intercepted them and deployed two sailors on each of the
vessels before towing them towards Chennai.

After some time, the seventh boat with five fishermen
and two sailors was found missing, amid suspicision that they
might have been overpowered by the former.

Sri Lankan fishermen often stray into Indian waters to
net prize catch like tuna and end up in Coast Guard and police
custody.

Coast Guard officials said the other six boats are in
their custody.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:48

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