Ten Indian fishermen who were rescued from Maldivian waters were safely brought to Visakhapatnam by the Indian Coast Guard on Saturday.
These fishermen had ventured into sea from Thengapatnam near Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu on 16 Apr 2023. However, their boat developed engine failure and they were adrift in Maldivian waters without any help for 5 days.
While eight of the fishermen hail from Vizhinjam in Kerala the other two are from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.
The fishermen were rescued by MV Furious from Maldives search & rescue region in coordination with Indian Coast Guard MRCC on 26 Apr 2023. Based on information received at Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC), ICGS Vigraha was dispatched to embark these rescued fishermen from the merchant vessel transiting off Campbell Bay in A&N islands.
Preliminary medical examination of all ten rescued fishermen was carried out on-board the Coast Guard ship and all were found to be in a healthy state.