The accident, happened around 12.15pm, 39 nautical miles from the Kollam coast.

Six fishermen rescued off Kollam coast after their boat was hit by an unidentified shipRepresentational Image
news Accident Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 17:59

Six fishermen, who went missing after an unidentified ship hit their fishing boat off the Kollam Coast at noon, have been rescued.

The fishermen were rescued by workers of another boat,, as the ship that hit their boat did not stop after the accident.

The coastal police said that efforts have begun to take the fishermen to the coast. “The ship has not been identified yet. We are verifying the available details regarding the ship. The officials need to reach the spot to initiate action regarding this,” Coastal Police Circle Inspector, Sabu told TNM.

The accident, happened around 12.15pm, 39 nautical miles from Kollam coast.

The fishing boat named Velamkanni was completely destroyed in the accident. There are unconfirmed reports that the name of the ship is Khathalaya.

The accident came to light after Susheel Yacoob president and Chairman of Vivanet Solutions Private Limited, a telecommunications network, operating for fishing vessels informed the coast guard and Navy. 

“I got the information from one of the customers who contacted me. I informed the Navy and the coast guard. The rescue operation was started by people of another boat who were able to save the lives of the fishermen,” Susheel Yacoob said.

He also informed the officials the number of the ship which would help them in tracing the vessel.

On June 10, an Indian fishing boat, Carmal Maths, was hit by a cargo vessel called Amber 20 nautical miles off the Kochi coast. Two fishermen were killed in the accident.

In 2012, February, Italian marines on board Naples-based oil tanker Enrica Lexie had shot dead two fishermen off the Kollam coast. 

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