10 fishermen spend a day in open sea on top of capsized boat, rescued
Chirayinkeezhu: A group of fishermen who ventured into the sea from Anchuthengu in Thiruvananthapuram district survived a day in the deep sea after their boat capsized near Karnataka coast.
They managed to climb on top of their tumbled boat and were rescued by other fishermen a day later. Relatives of the fishermen came to know about the incident only after they returned home by train.
A group of 10 fishermen, including seven from Anchuthengu, identified as -- Askar, Vinod, Vineesh, Sumish, Jayesh, Joboy and Mahesh, Joy from Kollam along with Raju and Sayarus, both natives of Chinnathura in Tamil Nadu had ventured into the sea on November 25.
Their fiber boat, Kamadhenu, is owned by Karnataka native Vikram. On November 27, they reached Karwar in Karnataka. As fish was scarce near the shore, they ventured into the deep sea.
After travelling 60 kilometres into the sea and catching fish, their boat got trapped in a whirlpool and capsized. The fishermen lost their boat’s engine, fishing gear and catch. All 10 managed to climb on top of their upside down boat after considerable effort.
The fishermen said they contacted customs and coastal security group officials but they did not come to help. After spending a day in the open sea on top of their capsized boat, other fishermen found the capsized boat.
A fishing boat named Al-Tahir, owned by a Tamil Nadu native, saved the 10 fishermen. They also towed their boat to the shore.