Coast Guard sends alert to ships

Coast Guard sends alert to ships

The Coast Guard has sent out a lookout alert to all the ships sailing in the vicinity of the area where two fishermen went missing after their boat capsized in the Arabian Sea nearly 21 nautical miles off the coast of Karnataka.

The Coast Guard personnel rescued four of the six members of the crew of the fishing boat Angel 1, which sank in the sea. Another boat, Angel 2, was stranded as its propeller was fouled. The crew of Angel 2 was safe.

The Coast Guard moved an interceptor vessel to the area after receiving reports from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Chennai that two fishing boats were in distress in the Arabian Sea off Honnavar in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

Two other Coast Guard vessels joined the search and rescue operations later.

"#SAR for fishing boats in distress off #Karnataka coast. #Angel 1 sank , 4 out of 6 crew rescued and heading for #Honnavar. @IndiaCoastGuard ships continue to search for 2 missing crew. Angel 2 stranded due to fouled propeller but all crew safe & is at anchor," the Coast Guard tweeted.

A Coast Guard vessel brought the rescued members of the crew to Honnavar.

"@IndiaCoastGuard transmitted message via automated method (NAVTEX) through #Veraval transmitter for the ships in area to keep sharp lookouts for the 02 missing crew of the ill-fated capsized boat (Angel-1) off #Karnataka coast this morning, while CG ships continue the search ops," the Coast Guard posted on Twitter.