YELLOWGATE police Tuesday registered a case against a commandant after five fishermen died when a Coast Guard offshore class patrol vessel allegedly hit their trawler off Goa on April 25.
On Tuesday,the case was transferred from Concoli police station,Goa,to the Mumbai Police Fishing trawler Sea Messiah from Betul Jetty,Goa,was allegedly hit by Coast Guard vessel ICGS Vaibhav.
The complainant Martin,who owns Sea Messiah,was first informed of the accident by his employee Krishna Tandel,said police. Tandel told Martin 29 fishermen were on board Sea Messiah when they left Betul Jetty around 9 pm on April 24. At a distance of 14 nautical miles off the coast,they were on static mode around 4 am on April 25,when they fell asleep. Tandel has alleged that he woke up after hearing an explosion and saw that the front hull was broken and the boat was sinking.
Tandel advised the crew members to strap on their life jackets and jump into the sea. While six fishermen were reported missing,the others were rescued by another passing fishing trawler. On April 26,coastal police recovered the bodies of five fishermen.
Coast Guard spokesperson Deepak Sharma said said a DIG-level inquiry had been ordered.