Indian Coast Guard has saved lives of 16 Bangladeshi fishermen by providing critical assistance to their sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal, approximately 35 nautical miles east of Paradip at Jagatsinghpur district in India.
'Sucheta Kripalani', Indian coast guard ship sighted the distressed Bangladeshi fishing boat Thamanna while conducting routine patrol off Odisha coast of India. The ship immediately launched its boarding party to investigate the incident.
The master and crew of the vessel on preliminary investigation reported that the vessel after sailing on November 2 from Alipore of Patuakhali district had developed a technical snag in its propeller shaft during cyclonic weather and had been drifting since November 3, said Indian Coast Guard sources.
They provided necessary medical assistance and food to the fishermen and then brought the boat under tow to Paradip anchorage for further investigation. "A joint interrogation was conducted by Coast Guard, Immigration department, SIB and Marine Police officials at sea to ascertain the credentials of the crew as well as genuineness of the reported defect. Once found innocent, the boat was provided with technical expertise by the Coast Guard and broken propeller shaft of the boat was repaired," said the official sources of Indian authorities.