Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen, 70 km off Poovar

Friday, Jul 17, 2015,20:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | The Indian Coast Guard has rescued three fishermen, who ventured out for fishing from Vizhinjam on July 13, 70 kms off Poovar, Kerala coast.
According to a release from the ICG, the Vizhinjam Coast Guard station received an information from the district collector, regarding missing of three fishermen in ??vallam?? on July 13 and in a swift action, the IG deployed ICGS C-427 for search of missing personal.
The search was continued on July 15 in coordination with Coast Guard Dornier aircraft from Kochi and Marine Enforcement Boats. In addition, one CG ship from Kochi on routine surveillance off Kerala coast was also directed for the search operation, it said.
The Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (Mumbai) has activated International Safety Net (ISN), which passes information to all merchant ships transiting through area to provide necessary assistance on July 16,and the CG authorities received an information from Merchant vessel MV Smyrni regarding sighting of three personal over a capsized vallam about 70 kms of Poovar coast in deep sea, it said.
The ICGS C-247, which was already in search for missing personnel was diverted for search and rescue with maximum speed.
In the meantime, coast guard Dornier aircraft was also launched from Kochi for a coordinated search and it located the fishing boat along with three fisher folks, it said adding that despite heavy swells and rough sea conditions, ICGS C-427 proceeded with max speed and reached area at 1030 hours and rescued  all three fishermen.