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Coast Guard rescues 18 people stranded at sea off Puducherry

The vessel with 18 people on board developed a technical snag.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2017 10:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Puducherry
V Narayanasamy,Indian Coast Guard,Vessels
Eighteen people had ventured into the sea in the mechanised vessel from the harbour on Sunday night.(PTI File Photo)

The Indian Coast Guard rescued 18 ornithologists and three crew members stranded off the coast of Puducherry after their vessel developed a technical snag.

Chief minister V Narayanasamy told reporters on Tuesday that the 18 people - three crew members and 15 ornithologists from Puducherry, Chennai and Mumbai - had ventured into the sea in the mechanised vessel from the harbour here on Sunday night.

After the vessel travelled 15 nautical miles, it developed a technical snag. The people aboard contacted their friends and relatives on the shore who alerted the police.

The police then sought the services of the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard team located the vessel and towed it back to the shore on Monday.

An inquiry found the vessel lacked basic communication equipment, Narayanasamy said, adding that the police was probing the incident.

The chief minister urged people heading to the sea in private boats to first check whether the vessels were well equipped and whether their owners had the required permission.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 10:03 IST