Five days after an Iranian vessel allegedly hit their fishing boat, body of one of the five fishermen who had gone missing was recovered off Jafrabad coast in Amreli district on Sunday. With this, bodies of four of the fishermen have been recovered, police said.
During a search operation, a team of Jafrabad marine police found body of Nitin Ramji Bamaniya from near the point where a vessel had hit their fishing trawler in the wee hours of last Tuesday. The accident had taken place some 65 nautical miles off Jafrabad coast at around 1 am on October 28 when eight fishermen on board the trawler were asleep. Under the impact of the crash, the fishing boat had overturned.
While three fishermen had been rescued by other boats fishing nearby, the rest five had gone missing since.
The five were identified as Nitin Bamaniya, Narsinh Solanki, Kiran Tandel, Shyam Solanki and Kailash Kharva.
“Bodies of Narsinh and Kiran were recovered later on the day of the accident while that of Shyam was also found a few days ago. Nitin’s is the fourth body to be recovered. Search is on to find trace of the fifth missing person, Kailash Kharva,” an officer of Jafrabad police said on Sunday.
Incidentally, the incident had happened when cyclone Nilofar was gathering pace off Oman coast and there was a warning of the Arabian Sea turning rough. The state government had advised fishermen to return to shore.