The Indian Coast Guard successfully rescued eight fishermen, who had drifted in the fishing boat Yohana Devudu from Kakinada, on July 6.
The fishermen were fishing off Kakinada from June 22. The boat was stranded at sea due to engine and steering failure. The boat owner informed Coast Guard station, Kakinada, about the missing boat on July 5. Coast Guard Ship Priyadarshani was sent to render assistance.
However, the owner later informed that the boat had drifted towards Paradip and one Coast Guard Dornier aircraft was launched from Bhubaneshwar to search and locate the missing fishing boat. Coast Guard Ship Sarojini Naidu was also diverted to search and render assistance to the fishing boat Yohana Devudu.
The Coast Guard Ship, in coordination with the aircraft, located the drifting fishing boat on the night of July 6 and provided first-aid and necessary logistics to the crew. The boat was towed back safely to Paradip harbour and handed over to Fisheries Department on Sunday morning (July 7), according to an official release issued here on Sunday.
The coordinated action by the Coast Guard Stations, ships and aircraft resulted in the safe rescue of the eight fishermen along with their boat braving rough sea, strong winds and poor visibility due to incessant rains.