Staring death in the face, prayers kept 4 fishermen going for 3 days without food in deep sea
Thiruvananthapuram: “It was God’s grace that saved us,” Benny had not recovered from shock while saying the words. He was one of the four fishermen who miraculously reached home after being stranded in the sea for three days.
The four men braved heavy rain, strong winds, giant waves, freezing cold and scorching heat for three days without food before lady luck finally shined upon them.
The four fishermen, Benny, Antony, Yesudasan and Louis had set off to the sea in a boat at 3.50 pm on Wednesday.
The twin engine boat named ‘Sinduyatra Matha’ was owned by Pushparajan of Vizhinjam. The four men laid their nets after travelling around 20 nautical miles deep into the sea. The following evening, they called Pushparaj and updated on catching King Fish and Tuna.
However, around 1 am, both engines of the boat stopped working. Heavy rain resulted in rough seas and both engines got flooded. The fishermen were unable to communicate with those on the shore as their mobile phones lost signal.
Strong winds and giant waves caused the fishermen to lose control of their boat and they went deeper into the sea. Numerous attempts to anchor the boat went in vain while both engines refused to start.
After moving about 27 nautical miles deeper in to the sea, the fishermen were able to anchor the boat on an area with reefs. The next day, the fishermen tried to repair the engines but in vain. They then threw their catch back into the sea.
Soon after, a ship that passed through the area created giant waves. The boat moved violently and water started entering the boat. Louis was thrown into the water and sustained injuries after giant waves slammed him to the side of the boat. As water inside caused the boat to sway to its side, the remaining three jumped into the water and steadied the boat.
The trio then got back into the boat while injured Louis also managed to get into the boat. They then spent considerable time and energy pouring water out of the boat. All four then waited hoping that other fishermen would somehow find them. Scorching heat during day and unbearable cold during night made them exhausted. The fishermen had run out of food as well.
For three days in the sea, only prayers kept the four men going. Their repeated attempts to repair the engines found success on Saturday as one of the two started working. The fishermen immediately set off to shore and reached Vizhinjam around 11 am on Saturday.
Ignoring warnings from authorities, other fishermen in 10 boats had started searching for the missing men on Saturday. They located them returning to the shore on Saturday. All four were so exhausted that they had to be taken to a hospital on arriving at Vizhinjam. They consider this as their second life.