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.


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