Fishermen Rescued After Collision at Sea
On Saturday, a distressing incident unfolded 19 nautical miles off the coast of Vizhinjam, as an unidentified vessel collided with a fishing boat. The force of the impact was so severe that it caused the fishing boat to split into two, leaving its crew stranded in the open sea for nearly an hour.
The collision resulted in injuries to five workers aboard the fishing boat, with one individual sustaining critical wounds. Among those injured were Cleitus (45), Selvan (42), Mariadasan (42), John (43), and Andrews (55), all hailing from Poonthura. Andrews, in critical condition, required urgent medical attention and was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
Fortunately, a stroke of luck intervened as a passing group of fishermen spotted the distressed crew and promptly initiated a rescue operation. Despite the chaos of the accident, the stranded fishermen were swiftly brought to safety.
The collision occurred around 11:30 a.m., marking a harrowing moment for those involved. In response to the emergency, officials from marine enforcement and coastal police swiftly arrived at the scene. The injured were promptly transported to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College via ambulance for further treatment.
In the aftermath of the incident, authorities are diligently working to identify the vessel responsible for the collision. Determining accountability and ensuring such incidents are prevented in the future are paramount objectives for the authorities involved.