One of the crew members of a patrolling boat of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) was killed while six others including two CISF personnel were injured when the boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday.
The boat named ‘Java’ was carrying seven members to patrol in break water of the port. Despite the rough sea and huge tidal waves, the crew members were directed to carry out patrolling by PPT officials. During patrolling, the boat was hit by a high tide and it sank.
On being informed, the rescue team rushed in speed boat to the spot and rescued six crew members. The deceased has been identified as Sanatan Gauda (22) of Aska under Ganjam district. His body was recovered. The injured have been admitted to Paradip port hospital.
Sources said excluding two CISF jawans, other five crew members are employees of a contract agency ‘Sadhav Shipping Ltd’. PPT had roped in the contract agency for patrolling in Bay of Bengal.
Deputy Conservator, PPT Gauri Prasad Biswal said, “Five of the six injured crew members have been discharged while one CISF jawan who was seriously injured has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
As the crew members are employees of the private agency, it would pay compensation and insurance amount to the family of the deceased, he added.