Source: News Bharati English11 Aug 2016 14:28:24
Kolkata, August 11: More than about 60 fishermen aboard several fishing trawlers went missing since Wednesday in the Bay of Bengal. A rescue team was sent to the sea in search of the missing fishermen. Five boats were however rescued by the coast guard, yet more complaints arrived after that for those who were missing.
"While at least eight trawlers were reported missing that left from Kakdwip in (South 24 Parganas) on Tuesday, reports of more missing trawlers that left from Digha (East Midnapore) and other places have come," state Fisheries Minister Chandranath Sinha said. He further added, "So far at least 60-70 fishermen are said to be in those missing trawlers. The Coast Guard is carrying out rescue and search operations."
The Coast Guard is carrying out rescue and search operations. The Coast Guard pressed two of its ships and an aircraft to look for the missing trawlers. "Out of eight fishing boats, four have returned safely, while another which was stranded due to engine failure was towed to Sagar Island. Search of the remaining boats is continuing," said a Coast Guard official.