Cops to recover boat off Goa coast

YELLOW GATE police will conduct a panchnama nearly 14 nautical miles off the Goa Coast and recover the fishing boat Sea Messiah,which sunk after a Coast Guard patrolling boat had collided with it,killing five fishermen on April 25.

Written by Megha Sood | Published:May 14, 2013 2:48 am

YELLOW GATE police will conduct a panchnama nearly 14 nautical miles off the Goa Coast and recover the fishing boat Sea Messiah,which sunk after a Coast Guard patrolling boat had collided with it,killing five fishermen on April 25.

“We had taken an engineer along to examine ICGS Vaibhav. We found that it had scratch marks made by a wooden boat. It is essential to recover the sunken boat and its broken portion to prove that the accident had taken place after comparing the scratch marks on ICGS Vaibhav,” said an officer from Yellow Gate police station who visited Goa.

“A panchnama is required to note the exact location of the accident,” said inspector Ramesh Khade.

According to the complainant,the owner of Sea Messiah,he was informed of the accident by his employee,Krishna Tandel. Tandel told the owner,identified only as Martin,that a crew of 29 fishermen were on board Sea Messiah when they left the Betul Jetty around 9 pm on April 24.

At a distance of 14 nautical miles off Goa coast,the fishing boat was on static mode around 4 am on April 25 when the crew fell asleep,leaving the engines and the navigation light —which is red when the boat is headed left and green if moving to the right — was red,instead of white indicating static mode.

Tandel said an “explosion” woke him up and he saw that the front part of the boat was broken and the boat was drowning. He also said at a distance of 50 meters,he saw a “warship-like vessel” drifting away.

“Owing to the collision,the fishermen who were sleeping in the front portion of the boat suffered fractures as the Coast Guard vessel was traveling at a speed of 22 nautical miles per hour. Six men had fallen into the sea. Only one survived,” said a police officer.

Police said a case of causing death due to negligence had been registered against the captain and navigation officer of ICGS Vaibhav.

Police added that as per the statement of the captain of ICGS Vaibhav,when the vessel was approaching the fishing boat,they had seen a red light on,which indicated the boat was moving to the left. The captain said it was assumed that the fishing boat would pass by the time the vessel had moved ahead.

However,due to waves,the fishing boat suddenly began drifting right,and the ICGS Vaibhav crashed into the front portion of the boat while trying to save it by steering left,he told police.

megha.sood@expressindia.com

The case

On April 25,fishing boat Sea Messiah sunk after a Coast Guard patrolling boat collided with it,killing five fishermen

Police said a case of causing death due to negligence had been registered against the captain and navigation officer of ICGS Vaibhav

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