Kakdwip: A Coast Guard ship succeeded in reaching a stranded fishing trawler from Kakdwip, South 24-Parganas and rescued its 10-member crew on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Department of Fisheries alerted the Coast Guard Region Northeast of eight missing trawlers. Dornier aircraft took off from Kolkata immediately to carry out Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Coast Guard ships in the area were also diverted to the last reported location.
“Even as the rescue operations were on, we received information that four of the trawlers had returned to Kakdwip. On Wednesday, our Dornier located the stranded trawler FB Tara Maa and guided ICGS Raziya Sultana to the spot. This was nearly 50 nautical miles off Sagar light. The trawler was stranded due to engine trouble. The rescue was carried out in extremely bad weather conditions when the sea state was 4. All 10 crew members were provided with provisions and the trawler was hitched to the ship for towing back towards Sagar Island,” said Deputy Commandant Avinandan Mitra, PRO, Coast Guard Region Northeast.
Even as the trawler was being towed towards Sagar, information was received that the three other fishing vessels are safe. The entire rescue operation was monitored by Rajendra Singh, director general, Coast Guard, who is on an official visit to Kolkata and Haldia. Singh co-ordinated the entire operation from the Haldia district headquarters.