Stranded fishermen off TN coast rescued by CG in sea-air joint operation

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Chennai, Feb 17 (PTI) Five fishermen, who were stranded mid-sea after the engine of their fishing boat broke down, were rescued in a sea-air coordinated operation by Coast Guard (CG), officials said on Wednesday.

The fishermen onboard the vessel,'Madhana Sea Foods', were stranded in the Bay of Bengal as the engine of the boat brokedown and water flooded the engine room.

The distress message from the boat, registered in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was received by the Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre which launched the sea-air coordinated rescue operation, an official release said.

A Coast Guard 'Dornier' aircraft, which undertook the search and rescue operation along with Coast Guard ship 'Annie Besant', spotted the crew about 205 nautical miles (about 380 km) off Karaikal coast.

The ship undertook measures to stop the flooding in the engine room and provided necessary assistance to the fishermen, the release added.PTI VIJ BN BN