Eight fish­er­men who went deep sea fish­ing still un­trace­able

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Udupi: As many as eight fish­er­men who went deep sea fish­ing have gone miss­ing off Goa coast since De­cem­ber 15.

It is gath­ered that Chan­drashekhar, Damodar, Lak­sh­man, Satish, Ravi, Har­ish, Ramesh and Jo­gayya left for fish­ing on the deep sea trawler, Su­varna Trib­huja, from Malpe at 11 PM on De­cem­ber 13 and re­mained in con­tact with their rel­a­tives till the mid­night of De­cem­ber 15. Later, they went in­com­mu­ni­cado.

Lead­ers from the fish­er­men com­mu­nity in­formed that if the boat had cap­sized, then the parts of the boat would have washed ashore. How­ever, there is no trace of the boat or its parts and they sus­pected that the fish­er­men must have lost their route, there­fore, have ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties to bring them back.

For­mer min­is­ter Pramod Mad­hwaraj has spo­ken to Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy and DGP Nee­la­mani Raju with this re­gard and has de­manded con­sti­tu­tion of a spe­cial force to trace the miss­ing fish­er­men, in­formed sources.

Based on a com­plaint given by Nityananda Ko­tian, brother of Damodar, a miss­ing com­plaint was reg­is­tered at the Malpe Po­lice Sta­tion.

Speak­ing to The Hindu Deputy Direc­tor of Fish­eries Parsh­wanath told that the boat had gone miss­ing off Goa coast near Goa-Ma­ha­rash­tra bor­der. They have al­ready in­formed the Coast Guard in Man­galuru, which, in turn, had in­formed the Coast Guard in Goa, which was now mak­ing ef­forts to trace the boat in the sea. Nor­mally, deep sea trawlers go fish­ing for about 10-15 days.

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