KOCHI: Kurishu Mikhayel is yet to recover from the shock of the ordeal at sea on Sunday morning. The Colachel native was resting after a hard night’s toil along with 13 others when he was jolted awake by a deafening noise and a violent jerk as a giant vessel ploughed into their fishing boat, ‘Carmel Matha’.
“We were back after a long pursuit late night. All of a sudden, a humongous ship appeared and rammed into our boat,” said Mikhayel, admitted in a private hospital in the city. “The boat flipped thrice and the crew was thrown overboard.
The ship did not stop after the collision, which destroyed the fishing boat,” he said. The accident claimed the lives of two co-workers, including Thambidurai hailing from Colachel in Tamil Nadu. Another crew member is still missing. They were fortunate enough to be rescued by the workers of another boat, St Antony, fishing in the vicinity.
Though Mikhayel suffered no external injuries, the migrant worker is traumatised. The psychological wounds are hard to heal.