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Mumbai: Fishing vessel capsizes with 16 men on board, 14 rescued

Two naval divers who were missing after a rescue operation to save one of three fishermen whose boat had sunk were saved on Sunday morning, search on for two missing men.

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2016 22:29 IST
Manish K Pathak
Two naval divers went missing after a rescue operation off the Mumbai coast went awry on Saturday evening.
Two naval divers went missing after a rescue operation off the Mumbai coast went awry on Saturday evening.(PTI-Representative Photo)

Fourteen crew members of the fishing vessel that sank on Saturday have been rescued while two are still missing. Two Navy divers, who were part of the search and rescue operations went adrift on Saturday night but were found on Sunday morning.

The fishing vessel, “Datta Sai”, suffered damage because of the bad weather and sank about 30 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast on Saturday morning. The vessel had a total of 16 crew members on board at the time of the incident.

Incidentally, two Navy divers, who were part of the search and rescue operations went adrift last night and had to survive the whole night at sea. They were located later on Sunday morning by a fishing boat, ‘Ram Dutta Sai’, and rescued. They were brought to Sasoon dock around 2pm on Sunday, said an ICG official

According to Navy officials, a merchant vessel, MV Dependable, was near the site of the incident and rescued the fishermen and alerted concerned agencies. The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) started the rescue operations. ICG ship Samudra Prahari, that was on coastal patrol, was the first to be sent to the spot. A Coast Guard aircraft from Daman was also launched to search for more missing fishermen. The rescued ones were provided with first aid and food and their condition was reported to be stable, said a Navy official.

“A search and rescue operation was conducted by units of the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and ONGC. The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have pressed eight warships and four aircraft, including Dorniers and Chetak, in the area,”said chief public relation officer commander Rahul Sinha (defence).

“During the search on Saturday evening, one fisherman was spotted by INS Trishul. The ship lowered a boat and two divers went in for him,” added Sinha. “But because of the rain, bad weather and darkness, the survivor and divers could not be seen even at a close range by the ship. Search efforts have been stepped up to locate the two others,” said Sinha.

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