KOCHI: The Navy rescued five more fishermen stranded at sea in the wake of cyclone Ockhi. The rescued fisherman - Devadas Joseph, Antonydas, Mariya Sajandas, Praveen and Shivakumar - are from the Poonthura region of Thiruvanthapuram and the Tamil Nadu coastal belt.After being air-lifted to the Naval Base, the men were ferried in ambulances to the Ernakulam General Hospital, where they are undergoing treatment for dehydration and minor injuries. Anticipating mass casualty, the hospital has declared Code Orange and one separate ward has been opened for attending to cyclone-related emergencies.
“Presently, the conditions of individuals rescued from sea are stable. There is a slight chance of them getting pneumonia, but it can only be confirmed after two days of observation,” said hospital Resident Medical Officer Cyriac P J.One of those rescued said eight more fishermen were missing, while the duo rescued from another capsized fishing vessel said two men were unaccounted for. The Navy and Coast Guard are still engaged in search and rescue operations, as more are expected to be stranded.