Navy rescues five fishermen off north Kerala coast

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Five fishermen were rescued by an Indian Naval ship from a sinking fishing vessel off the north Kerala coast on Monday, a Defence spokesman said.

‘INS Sharda’, based at Kochi, rescued the five fishermen who were found floating in the sea after their fishing vessel FV Omkaram sank, some 35 km North West of Azhikal port, he said in a release here.

A lookout on the naval vessel, which was on patrol in the area this morning, spotted the fishermen in the waters at around 9.30 AM following which the ship altered course, lowered the life boats and rescued them.

Two of the fishermen had sustained minor injuries and were administered first aid by the medical team, after which the ship headed for Kochi, the release said

The fishermen said they had cast off from Cheruvathur in Kasargod at 4.00 AM on Monday. Sometime later water started entering their 13 foot boat, which they were unable to control and the heavy flooding caused the boat to sink.

The fishermen remained afloat without any life saving devices from 6.30 AM till they were rescued. They were out of mobile range and were unable to swim or to seek help from other boats, the release said.

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