Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fisherman drowns, many missing in choppy seas

A fisherman, who was part of a group which ventured into the seas in 25 boats from Vizhinjam near here, drowned while six others were reported missing off the Colachel coast of Kanyakumari district today.

The body of the fisherman has been recovered, Coast Guard sources said. According to state Fisheries Minister S Sharma, the Coast Guard and the Marine Enforcement has already launched search operations and the government has sought the Navy's help to trace the missing fishermen.Coast Guard sources said some of the missing boats had been traced and was being brought back to shore.

The missing fishermen were part of 100-strong group who ventured into the sea in 25 country boats last evening. The incident came to light as two fishermen, who formed part of the group, returned home this morning and informed the authorities of the danger faced by others.

According to them, the boats might have lost their direction in the sea which had turned turbulent due to heavy rains last night.

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