Mumbai: 15 fishermen were rescued around 70 nautical miles away from North of Mumbai after of the two fishing boats they were onboard sunk at midnight on Sunday. All the 15 fishermen, who were in the boats, were rescued by other fishermen in the area and have been brought back to the coast.
Navy said in a statement that a Seaking 42B, an all-weather helicopter had been launched to look for survivors. A ship, each from Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, were also diverted to the area. Both ships returned after completing their duties. The Naval and ICG Ships returned back to their duties after their search.
The fishermen had set out in two fishing boats from Zai and Gholwad villages yesterday evening, according to Palghar district’s Talasari taluka tehsildar Vishal Daundkar. Late in the night, the district authorities received a message of them being in trouble following which the authorities asked the Coast Guard and Navy for help, he said.
In the meantime, the 15 fishermen jumped out of the sinking boats and swam to the shore at Vrindavan in Umbargaon village at around 4 AM today, he said, adding that they had to swim around eight nautical miles before they reached to safety. The local fishermen also rushed into the sea in a bid to save their community members, he said.