Bhubaneswar: Around 15 fishermen stranded in a boat in the sea were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard in a swift operation amid rough sea conditions on late Saturday night.
Reportedly, Indian Coast Guard ship Vijaya, whilst on operational deployment in the northern Bay of Bengal, picked up a distress call from Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) Krishna Kanaiya of Kakdwip in West Bengal.
The ship realised the gravity of the call as the sea conditions were highly adverse. It immediately diverted her course for undertaking the rescue of the fishing boat. Taking into account the direction of wind and sea conditions, Vijaya, under the command of DIG Vijay Singh located the boat.
A little delay in locating the boat could have been catastrophic as the boat could have drifted into the foreign waters or could have broken or grounded. Tandel of the boat informed that the boat had lost her propellers in rough weather and drifted about 15 nm in the last 24 hours due to strong winds and swell with nobody around to provide help. The boat crew were exhausted.
The Coast Guard ship immediately swung into action for rescuing the crew in tiring sea conditions. The ship displayed grit in towing the crippled fishing boat to a safe location near the West Bengal coast.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard Station Frazerganj contacted the boat owner, who with the help of the fisheries association arranged two boats to receive the crew and the boat from ICGS Vijaya at sea. At about 08.15 AM today, the crew were safely handed over to the other fishing boats arranged by the fisheries association for onward passage to Kakdwip.