Thiruvananthapuram: In a daring rescue on the choppy seas, the India Coast Guard (ICG) rescued 16 fishermen from two fast-sinking vessels off the Kerala coast.
The ravaging sea and squalls prevented the ICG rescue vessel from closing in on the ravaged vessels. However, the ICG personnel managed to board the vessels from their 'pitching and rolling' platforms and rescue 16 crew.
The winds, triggered by Cyclone Ockhi, caught many fishermen unawares, who had ventured out to sea Thursday. One vessel, on its way from Mali to Tuticorin, tried to anchor off Vizhnijam coast, unable to navigate the turbulent sea. But the squall threatened to topple it.
Another vessel was found adrift on the sea. Herman Mary and Arogya Mary belonged to Tuticorin natives.
The ICG personnel took many hours to complete the mission. They were taken to the shore on an ICG ship. The fate of the vessels was not known.
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