19 fishermen missing after trawlers capsize in Bay of Bengal

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19 fishermen missing after trawlers capsize in Bay of Bengal

In a massive storm in the past 24 hours, three fishing trawlers have reportedly sunk in the Bay of Bengal. 

In a massive storm in the past 24 hours, three fishing trawlers have reportedly sunk in the Bay of Bengal.

Three trawlers, namely F B Shivani, F B Jai Kisan, and F B Maleshswar, sunk due to bad weather conditions.

19 fishermen have gone missing near Jambu Island in the South 24 Pargana district of West Bengal.

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According to some sources, these three trawlers had gone to the sea for fishing, just like other trawlers but suddenly lost contact on Monday.

During the time of sinking, some fishermen tried to escape from the trawler by jumping into water. After the rains gave rise to a storm in the sea only three of them could able to save their lives. Rest of the 19 fishermen went missing since then.

Bijan Maity, the secretary of West Bengal United Fishermen Association, said "Although many trawlers could return to safety, three boats - MV Malleshwar, MV Joykishan, and MV Maa Shibani - capsized in the sea. Around 10 fishermen of MV Joykishan and six of MV Malleshwar and three anglers of some other trawlers have gone missing."

Coast guard has started search operation for the missing fishermen.

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