Coast Guard rescues 9 Chennai fishermen stranded 100km off Puducherry coast
On Wednesday, 3rd February, the
Coast Guard of India rescued 9 fishermen from Chennai who were stranded 100 km
off the coast of Puducherry after their boat broke. The stranded fishermen had
been adrift for more than 10 hours and were rescued after Coast Guard Dornier
plane picked up their distress call. ICGS Anagh was rushed to the location.
Since its inception in 1977, the Coast Guard
has saved over 10,000 lives and apprehended around 14,000 miscreants. It saves
one life every second day at sea on an average, as per officials.
Last month, the Coast Guard rescued seven
crew members of a sunken ship off the coast of Lakshadweep in a dramatic
operation. The crew members were afloat in lifeboats, waiting to be rescued
after their vessel MSV Messiah sank.
"In a swift sea-air coordinated
operation, Coast Guard Ship Sujeet rescued seven crew members of MSV Messiah
which sank this morning off Kalpeni in Lakshadweep Group of Islands. The vessel
sailed from Tuticorin on Jan 19, carrying cargo for Kavaratti," the Indian
Coast Guard said.
"The ship was vectored towards the
lifeboat and despite strong winds and adverse weather all the crew were picked
up safely," the Coast Guard added.
According to an official statement, the
Indian Coast Guard has played a crucial role in securing the coasts of India
and in enforcing regulations within the maritime zones of India. It seized
contraband worth Rs 1,500 crore and 10 illegal foreign fishing boats with 80
miscreants in the Indian exclusive economic zone in 2020.