12 October 2018
Paradip: Despite several weather warnings regarding the very severe cyclonic storm 'Titli' issued by the Meteorological Department, Indian Coast Guard, Fisheries department and other agencies, many fishermen had ventured out into the sea during the wrath of nature and were left marooned in the middle of nowhere. This is where the Indian Coast Guard came to their rescue.
Since October 4, fishermen were advised not to venture into sea from October 8-12 and those in the sea had been immediately recalled back to shore. However, during sea patrols along coast of Odisha on October 9, Coast Guard ships and aircraft located and diverted approximately 115 boats from various locations to return harbour in view of the degrading weather.
On October 10 despite inclement weather, Coast Guard’s Dornier aircraft carried out aerial surveillance over the coast and confirmed nil fishing boats in area.
Later after the survey, the Indian Coast Guard received information about as many as 45 fishing boats of Andhra Pradesh had taken shelter from severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ near new Gopalpur port.
At 5 am on October 11, when the storm was about to hit the coast, 13 distressed fishermen in two fishing boats were rescued by Coast Guard personnel and ODRAF team after fighting against extreme wind and seas. The rescued fishermen were given food and medical aid. Following this, rest all boats were closely monitored.
Thus slowly but silently and effectively, the Indian Coast Guard’s exemplary performance became the backbone for State Government’s zero-casualty mission.