karwar: Karwar: Seven fishermen rescued after boat catches fire | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The timely and swift action by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has saved the lives of seven fishermen in distress due to fire engulfed on a fishing boat IFB Varda Vinayaka-I.
A short circuit in the wheelhouse is suspected to be the cause for the fire accident.
The fishing boat was at a distance of 10 nautical miles from Karwar lighthouse.
On receipt of a message by MRSC New Mangalore at 10pm on Friday from coastal security police, Malpe C-155 from Karwar was sailed immediately for search and rescue mission and for an assessment of the incident and evacuation of fishermen.
ICGS C-155 reached the spot and immediately swung into action of dousing the fire after ascertaining all seven crew shifted to nearby fishing boat IFB Vajra.
The operation to completely douse the fire was completed in about three hours.
On assessing that there was no further possibility of fire out-break, C-155 provided all assistance to IFB Vajra for towing the ill-fated fishing boat to Karwar fishing harbour.
“All the firshermen are in a healthy state,” said DIG SB Venkatesh, commander, coast guard, Karnataka.

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