Local fishermen join Navy teams for 3-day rescue operations

Local fishermen joined Navy, Coast Guard for carrying out guided search operations. Photo: Manoj Chemancheri

Kochi: Fishermen from Kochi on Wednesday joined the rescue operations with Navy teams looking for missing people after Cyclone Ockhi hit the Kerala coast.

The Navy teams had earlier decided to conduct dawn-to-dusk search but later decided to continue the operations for three days on the trot after local fishermen suggested that one-day hunt will not yield results.

INS Kalpeni on Wednesday morning took along six local fishermen from Kochi to strengthen the rescue efforts.

Ten naval ships, including frontline vessels from Western Naval Command like INS Chennai, Kolkata and Trikand, are conducting the operations.

Four types of aircraft, including long range maritime reconnaissance P8I, Dornier, SeaKing and Chetak are deployed for an extended search and rescue operations in 250 miles west off Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and 400 miles off Kerala coast.

Ten naval ships, including frontline vessels from Western Naval Command like INS Chennai, Kolkata and Trikand, are conducting the operations.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has rescued two people from Thiruvananthapuram area seven days after they went missing. There were also reports that 11 people were rescued off Lakshadweep coast.

The Navy teams had earlier decided to conduct dawn-to-dusk search but later decided to continue the operations for three days after local fishermen suggested that one-day hunt will not yield results.

Heavy rain and strong winds, triggered by Cyclone Ockhi, had battered the coastal villages last week. Many fishermen, who had ventured out into the sea, were yet to return, spreading panic along the coastal belt.

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