Officials said the 12 fishermen ventured into the sea on October 1. When they were returning to the shore, the Maldivian navy apprehended them alleging that they had entered their territorial waters.
The boat suffered a breakdown and continued drifting since September 1. Following an SOS, a search by the Coast Guard ships and aircraft located the boat 240 miles off Chennai.
"We stopped fishing to urge the government to retrieve him. We demand the government start measures to provide relief for his family.