Thiruvananthapuram: Three bodies were recovered on Thursday morning off the Kerala coast, taking the Cyclone Ockhi death toll to 36 even as rescue operations are going on in full swing to trace the 96 missing fishermen.
Sources in the state control room said while a body was recovered near Alappuzha by the marine enforcement wing, two bodies were found by Coast Guard ship Vaibhav off Alappuzha-Kochi coast on Thursday morning.
An Air Force aircraft AN 32, flying between Kozhikode- Kochi coasts, had sighted a fishing boat with about 15 fishermen Thursday morning following which Navy sent a Dornier aircraft and ship to the area which is close to Lakshadweep islands.
Meanwhile, shipping services from Kozhikode to Lakshadweep began on Thursday with around 60 passengers boarding the high-speed vessel from Beypore.
M V Minicoy, the passenger vessel, berthed at Beypore had suffered some damage in the cyclone following which officials had not granted travel clearance.
On Wednesday, the high-speed vessel arrived at Beypore from the islands to ferry the passengers.
Around 1,600 passengers were transported from Kochi to various islands of Lakshadweep when the shipping services resumed on December 5.
Shipping services from Kochi to the Union Territory were stopped from November 30 to December 2, causing immense hardships to passengers.
From Mangaluru port, M V Amini Divi, will sail for Lakshadweep with 46 passengers on Friday.
Due to the cyclone, about 1,098 passengers had been stranded in the ports of Kochi, Kozhikode, and Mangaluru.