The Indian Coast Guard rescued seven fishermen from a sinking boat in the Arabian Sea, off Ratnagiri coast, on Monday afternoon. Officials confirmed that the fishing boat, Durga Ambika, had raised a distress alert regarding the flooding and sinking of a boat named Mehez in the north west of Ratnagiri, sailing with seven fishermen.
Coast guard sources confirmed that at about 12 pm on March 21, the distress alert was raised about the incident taking place 26 nautical miles (about 45 kms) north west of Ratnagiri. The Coast Guard Dornier aircraft on surveillance monitored the distress call and communicated the same to the Coast Guard, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai.
ICGS C 402, the fleet of Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (West) at Mumbai was directed for sailing and intercepted the distressed ship with maximum speed from Angre Port, Jaigarh. Passing through the rough weather conditions, the fleet rescued seven fishermen ship Mahez (Malpe Registered) at around 4 pm.
At the same time, the Coast Guard used another fleet to subsequently, de-flood the distress boat by using the submersible pump and ensured that the boat was safely towed to Ratnagiri coast.
Coast Guard confirmed that the boat entered Ratnagiri at 6 pm. All the seven fishermen, rescued from the ship were safe and their boat was being repaired at Ratnagiri Harbour.