ICGS Vikram towing two fishing boats on Tuesday off the coast of Kanyakumari. Photo/ANI
ICGS Vikram towing two fishing boats on Tuesday off the coast of Kanyakumari. Photo/ANI

ICGS Vikram rescues 20 fishermen from 2 stranded boats

ANI | Updated: Jun 04, 2019 18:52 IST

Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) [India], Jun 4 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ICGS Vikram rescued 20 fishermen on board two fishing boats Star of Sea 1 and Star of Sea 2 after they developed engine failure on Monday night.
The Marine police station in Kanyakumari at around 10:45 pm on Monday night reported two fishing boats, registered with the state of Tamil Nadu, adrift off Kiltan Island, Lakshwadweep.
A total of 20 crew were on board the boats that were stranded due to suspected engine failure.
On receiving information ICGS Vikram which was in the vicinity was immediately diverted to render assistance.
Acting swiftly, the vessel reached the distressed boats and an assessment by the specialist crew of ICGS Vikram indicated a major engine failure and subsequent malfunctioning due to water ingress on the engine system.
On identifying the criticality of the situation and to ensure the safety of the boat and its 20 crew, Indian Coast Guard Ship Vikram commenced towing of two crippled boats to Androth, which is the nearest facility available for boat repairs.
The fishing boats are expected to reach Androth today. (ANI)

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