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DG Shipping conducting inquiry into collision of Indian fishing boat with unknown merchant vessel off Kerala coast


A collision incident has been reported to the Directorate-General of Shipping, under the Ministry of Shipping, involving a fishing boat OCEANIC, registered in Kerala, and an unknown merchant vessel. The date, time and position of the casualty were reported as August 7, 2018, 03:30 am (IST) and 10 deg. 24 mins N, 075 deg. 38 mins E, respectively. As per the latest information received, there were 14 Indian fishermen in the fishing boat at the time, of which 3 are dead, 2 injured/hospitalised, and the remaining 9 are missing.


A massive search and rescue mission is under progress, with the deployment of 3 aircraft and 3 ships by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. It is also understood that many fishing boats (about 40) are involved in voluntary search operations, said a release.


The casualty occurred off Chettuva, Ernakulam, Kerala on the west coast of India. The Directorate has been digitally analysing and retrieving positions of all the merchant ships that have transited around the reported location about the time of this incident with the help of its internal mechanisms and resources. The Coast Guard also examined vessel traffic at the time of the reported incident. Accordingly, two vessels were found to be in the closest proximity and have been advised not to leave Indian waters till further orders. Further, the possibility of involvement of two more merchant vessels has not been ruled out at this stage. The position and time needs to be confirmed.


The investigation team from DG Shipping has started the process of inquiry and is constantly coordinating with other agencies, including the Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police and the Kerala government. Two teams of professional investigators from Kochi and Mumbai/DG Shipping have been engaged in physical inspection of the suspected vessels for collecting other corroborating evidence, the release added.


Source : Exim News Service - mumbai, Aug. 9


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