58 Kerala fishermen take refuge at MPT due to bad weather
Around 58 fishing crew onboard seven Kerala-based fishing trawlers are taking shelter at Mormugao Port after they were found in distress due to bad weather condition prevailing in Indian Ocean and adjoining Comorian area.
The Mormugao Port Trust authorities rushed to the rescue of the crew onboard fishing trawlers on humanitarian ground and provided food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and other necessary requirements including medical aid. Mormugao Port authorities have decided to supply fuel to all the seven stranded fishing trawlers to allow them to proceed to their respective destinations after getting green signal from the Indian Coast Guard and metrological department over updates of weather condition.
Deputy conservator of Mormugao Port Trust Capt Manoj Joshi said, “The low pressure area in Comorian region has now intensified into well marked low pressure area. It is presently seen over equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining Comorian area. An advisory has been issued by the Indian Coast Guard for fishing vessels not to venture into the affected areas. As a result, some fishing trawlers were left stranded off the coast with no possibility of returning back to their home for the next 72 hours. Hence they requested for shelter at Mormugao Port.”
He further disclosed that Kerala-based fishing trawlers despite of warnings went towards Malvan and while returning to their destination decided to take shelter at the nearest Mormugao Port.
“Based on the instruction given by our chairman I Jeyakumar, the Port authorities swung into action and immediately assisted the stranded fishing trawlers. The MPT authorities provided help to the crew who have presently taken shelter off Khariwada coast in MPT’s jurisdiction,” told Capt Joshi.
He disclosed that the Mormugao Port Trust Welfare team has provided meals to the affected fishermen. “Till now about seven fishing trawlers with 58 fishermen onboard have taken shelter at Mormugao Port and the number may go up in coming time,” informed Capt Joshi.
Capt Joshi, public relations officer Seby Coutinho, assistant secretary general administration department Pradeep Bandekar, assistant traffic manager Nirwadekar distributed food to the stranded crew.
Meanwhile, All India Malayalee Association Goa branch secretary P Prasad visited the Port and spoke to the stranded crew of the fishing trawlers. He assured to communicate with the Kerala state administration to provide all the required necessary facilities to the stranded crew.
Prasad has expressed gratitude to the Mormugao Port authorities for providing immediate help to the stranded crew from Kerala.
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