THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An eleven-member team from the Southern Naval Command arrived here on Monday to drag the fishing boat that had run aground at St Andrew’s beach, Vettucaud, two months ago to deeper waters. This is being done so that the sunken boat doesn’t hinder fishing activities in the area.
The fishing boat, ‘Aarifamol’, belonging to Soosanayagam hailing from Thuthoor in Tamil Nadu and his brother-in-law Sheen, had run aground on March 11 at St Andrew’s beach. So far efforts to rescue the boat have not been successful.
Earlier, Khalasis from Beypore had also been hired to extricate the 40-foot vessel but with little success.
When their efforts failed, a tug boat was brought in to extricate the vessel. However when the tug was towing the vessel, the bottom gave way and the boat sank.
A tense situation then prevailed with the local fishermen preventing the 22 Khalasis from leaving the area saying that the sunken boat should be removed at any cost since it posed a threat to their own fishing activities.
It was only after discussions with the district administration that the Khalasis were released. The naval team that has now arrived to take the damaged boat out to the deeper sea is being led by Lt Commander P K Nehru.