Nine fishermen rescued by Myanmar Coast Guard after drifting in high seas for 50 days

  • | Monday | 14th September, 2020

The boat, IND - TN-02-MM-2029 had left Kasimedu on July 27 and was slated to return on August 7. However, after the men failed to return, the families and the boat owner had filed a complaint with the Kasimedu police.

Nine fishermen, who went to sail on July 23 in a deep-sea fishing vessel from Chennai and went missing, have been rescued by the Myanmar Coast Guard in the wee hours of Monday.

The nine fishermen who were supposed to return back by August 7, drifted around high sees for 50 days before being "safely rescued" by the Myanmar authorities.

The boat owner, Balaji got a call from the captain of the rescue vessel, stating that his men and the boat were safe, at 3.30 a.m. on Monday. “I spoke to the driver. He said that the engine failed near Pulicat, north of Chennai. Though they had informed some boats in that area, help did not come and they continued to drift,” he said.

The boat, IND - TN-02-MM-2029 had left Kasimedu on July 27 and was slated to return on August 7. However, after the men failed to return, the families and the boat owner had filed a complaint with the Kasimedu police.

Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said, “Now that they have been rescued, we are taking steps to bring them back home. Meanwhile, they are being provided with food and medical assistance.”



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