ICGS Annie Besant Toes the Boat to Mark Fort

Report: Sarpreet Kaur

Port Blair, Feb 19: Five Indian fishermen hailing from Andaman & Nicobar Islands were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard after the engine of their fishing boat failed mid sea. The fishers along with their boat were tracked by the Indian Coast Guard after a distress call was sounded.

It is learned that the five fishermen had left for fishing from Andamans few days ago before the incident took place. Sources inform that all five of them have been rescued and safely bought to Mark Fort in the Karaikal District of Puducherry, where the Fisheries Dy. Director of the district had met them today and found the fishers in good health.

Speaking to Andaman Chronicle, Mr. Kaviyarasan Ramalingam, the Dy. Director, Fisheries, Karaikal informed that the fishers hailing from Andaman were on their way to Rameshwaram for a drydock repair of their boat. There were three boats in total from Andaman, two of which had already made it to Rameshwaram.

Kaviyarasan also informed that a boat was later called from Nagapatanam, which has toed the boat to Nagapatanam. After the repairs, the boat will be shifted to Rameshwaram for further repairs and then will sail back to the Andaman Islands.

Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guard through its official twitter handle mentioned on 17th of Feb 2021 that ICGS Annie Besant in a daredevil Sea Air coordinated SAR operation rescued 5 precious lives from MFV Madhana Sea Foods approx. 205 NM off Chennai today. Boat with all rescued crew being safely towed by ICG ship to Karaikal.