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Coast Guard apprehend 'killer' ship

Posted on Jan 17, 09:06PM | UNI

The coastal radar chain set up along the coast of the country proved its effectiveness once again with the Indian Coast Guard apprehending a merchant ship allegedly involved in the sinking of a fishing boat Al Ameen off the coast Chaliyam, near Kozhikode in Kerala yesterday.

MV Izumo the Panama flagged merchant man, allegedly involved in the incident which occurred at about 1550 hrs yesterday about 18 nautical miles off Beypore, was identified and escorted to Kochi by the Indian Coast Guard within about 0400 hrs of the incident report.

The Remote Operating Station (ROS) at Fort Kochi-the user end of the radar chain, was utilised to correctly identify the ship from among the dense shipping traffic in the area at the time, a release said here today.

The three fishermen in the ill fated country boat had jumped overboard and were rescued by other fishermen in the vicinity.

They will come to Kochi after they are discharged from the hospital, to aid in the investigations by Mercantile Marine Department and the Kerala State Police to whom the Coast Guard has handed over the case.

Late in the night yesterday, a boarding party from Indian Coast Guard Ship Samar boarded the ship and seized and sealed documents and other navigational equipment on board the ship, which will aid the investigating agencies.

Coast Guard vessels C-144 and ICGS Samar along with a Dornier aircraft deployed by District Headquarters No 4 of Indian Coast Guard were involved in the operation. DIG TK Satish Chandran Commander of Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4, complimented the fishermen for their presence of mind and general awareness in reporting the incident quickly ashore along with vital evidences, it added.