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Indian Coast Guard rescues  27 Bangladeshi fishermen

  • The boat had a steering gear breakdown for the last two days
  • Fishermen handed over to Bangladesh Coast Guard 


Update : 05 Apr 2024, 09:23 PM
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has rescued 27 Bangladeshi fishermen stranded on their fishing boat at sea.
Indian Coast Guard Ship Amogh during patrol at Indo-Bangladesh International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) on Thursday sighted a Bangladeshi fishing boat Sagar II adrift inside Indian waters, and took swift action, according to a statement.
ICG ship launched a boarding team to investigate. 
During the investigation, it was revealed that the boat had a steering gear breakdown for the last two days and had been adrift since then, which led to the boat drifting inside Indian waters.
 The boat had 27 crew and fishermen onboard.
The Indian Coast Guard technical team tried to identify and rectify the defect, but it was observed that the rudder of the boat was completely damaged and could not be repaired at sea.
 As the sea state and weather conditions were conducive, it was decided that the distressed boat would be towed to the Indo- Bangladesh IMBL and handed over to another Bangladeshi fishing boat operating across IMBL or to Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard.
In the meantime, Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters at Kolkata established communication with Bangladesh Coast Guard and informed them about the incident and plan of action. 
Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship Kamaruzzaman was deployed by BCG for towing of BFB. 
BCG Ship Kamaruzzaman arrived near the IMBL at around 6:45pm on Thursday. 
ICGS Amogh handed over the 27 Bangladeshi fishermen along with their boat to BCG ship Kamaruzzaman.
The operation reflects the commitment of Indian Coast Guard to safeguarding precious lives at sea against all odds. 
"Such successful Search and Rescue operations will not only strengthen the regional SAR structure but also enhances the international cooperation with neighbouring countries."
This is in keeping with the motto of the Indian Coast Guard “VAYAM RAKSHAMAH” which means “WE PROTECT”.
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