At least three fishermen are feared dead and a total of 12 fishermen went missing after their fishing boat collided with a foreign vessel off the coast of Mangaluru early on Tuesday.
The boat, IFB Rabah, with 14 fishermen on board, had set off from Beypore in Calicut district of Kerala Sunday evening. The fishermen had ventured into the sea on the boat ISB 'Rabah', which set off from Beypore near Kozhikode in Kerala with 14 fishermen on board, the Indian Coast Guard said.
The fishermen belonged to Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Odisha. The boat was badly damaged in the accident. Coast Guard ships and helicopters have reached the site and intensified the search for the missing fishermen.
Earlier on Tuesday, the India Cost Guard (ICG) confirmed that a search and rescue operation was underway after a sea accident was reported near New Mangalore Port in Karnataka. As many as 14 fishermen were missing as per reports.
It is told that a ship from Singapore, MV APL Le Havre, had collided with the boat. The Coast Guard said three of its vessels and choppers are continuing the search for the missing fishermen.