NAGAPATTINAM: A 21-year-old fisherman from Serudhur fishing hamlet died after his boat on November 30 drowned being trapped in the rough sea near Lakshadweep due to Cyclone Ochki. His body was washed out on the shores there on Sunday.
According to sources, the fisherman, C Sabinan, from Serudhur Village of Nagapattinam district went to Kerala on November 26 for fishing with his friends and died when caught in the high seas due to Cyclone Ochki.
Speaking to media, Kalaiyarasan, Village Panchayat representative of Serudhur, said, “Sabinan and his friends had left the Kollam fishing harbor on last November 30, without knowing about the Cyclone Ochki. When the crew was involved in fishing near Lakshadweep, the deadly wind and rough sea drowned their mechanised boats. Due to this, 10 fishers including Sabinan struggled for their lives. While the nine others managed to reach Lakshadweep shores by capturing the parts of the boat, Sabinan got drowned into the sea”.
After three days, Sabinan's body was washed out on the shores of Lakshadweep on Sunday. The Indian coastguard has retrieved the body and sent it to his home.
Sabinan is survived by his parent, two elder sisters and one younger sister.
Atchipponnu, a relative of Sabinan told the New Indian Express, "Fishing was the only source of income for Sabinan's family. Since the sea is rough here, many fishermen are staying at home in Serudhur. But Sabian, who was troubled without money went to Kerala. But, unfortunately, the Cyclone Ochki killed him mercilessly" she said.