PUDUCHERRY: The Tamil Nadu coastal police rescued seven fishermen from sea after their mechanized boat developed a snag.
According to Sub Inspector Sivaguru of Cuddalore Coastal police, a week back a group of seven fishermen, Iyyapannan, Nandha and Shankar from TN and Siva, Parapathy, Sreeni and Krishna hailing from Andhra Pradesh, had set out for fishing from Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai. On the way back, their boat developed a snag and they were unable to make it back to the shore. From a distance of about 10 nautical miles from the Marakkanam coast, they sent an SOS. Alerted by their message the coastal police team rescued them and towed their boat to Puducherry harbour at 11am.
Similarly, another group of twelve fishermen were rescued after their boats were damaged last night. According to coast guard, a five member team went fishing to Andhra Pradesh coast from Royapuram, Chennai on December 18 and another seven fishermen from Tuticorin, who had put up in Chennai ventured into the sea. Under strong gale winds, their boats drifted to Puducherry coast. UT fishermen who saw them informed the coast guard who rescued them and towed their boats to the shore.