National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 04 February 2018
Indian Coast Guard quickly swings into action after a tweet was posted from the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s twitter handle @nsitharaman tagging Indian Coast Guard with a help message for stranded 100 Tamil Nadu fishermen. The tweet was retweed by Nirmala Sitharaman’s official twitter handle @defenceminindia.
A VHF call was received by Indian Coast Guard Station at Ratnagiri about a Fishing Boat Mariyam stranded about 96NM (175 Kms) from the coast of Ratnagiri requesting Towing assistance as quntity of Diesel held by the boat had ran out. On investigation, it was established that the boat is registered at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and had last set sail from Kochi harbour on 07 Jan 18 for fishing. The boat, consisting of 11 crew, is said to be drifting since 02 Feb 18 at the same location.
Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) is in touch with the owners of the boat in Tamil Nadu. Further, liaison is being maintained witb TN Fisheries department to address the situation.
Coast Guard Region (W) has diverted one ship patrolling off the coast of Maharashtra to the location of the boat. Further, additional ship based at Ratnagiri is also being sailed out to ascertain the location and provide necessary help.
MRCC is in touch with all agencies for earliest recovery of the stranded fishing boat.