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Search continues for 9 missing fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The nine fishermen who went missing off the coast of Munambam, here, have not yet been traced, a defence said today.

"Indian Naval ship Jamuna and three (ICG) ships -- Vikram, Savitribai Phule and Abhinav -- are engaged in A Naval Dornier, an ICG Dornier and an ICG helicopter are on task as well," the added.

Bodies of three dead fishermen have been brought to the coast and two injured fishermen were admitted to a hospital, the police said.

The mishap occurred at around 3.30 am, when a suspected merchant ship hit the fishing boat, which was 24 nautical miles off the coast. At the time, 14 fishermen were aboard.

The boat had 11 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, two from and one from

Yesterday, the Naval Dornier spotted debris of the fishing vessel, which was later collected by a boat, the defence personnel added.

The in Kochi, under the Southern Naval Command, is monitoring the entire operation.

In a similar incident, two fishermen were injured when a foreign vessel allegedly hit their fishing boat off the coast here on June 7.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 13:20 IST