A fishing vessel and Indian Naval Ship Talwar had a collision off Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra’s Konkan region on Monday night. The mishap took place within a range of 12 nautical miles off the coast around 9.30pm on Tuesday.
Such was the impact of the collision that all the 27 fishermen in the boat went overboard. Four of them have sustained minor injuries, according to reports.
A naval officer said that all the fishermen on the boat were evacuated by crew members of INS Talwar and were provided medical aid before they were safely dropped ashore.
The fishing vessel, which was damaged due to the impact of the collision, sunk.
“It appears that the fishing boat was operating in very dim light due to which the so the captain of INS Talwar did not spot the fishing boat in the dark,” said the navy officer.
“In no time, all the 27 people in the fishing boat were pulled out to safety by crew members of the naval vessel,” another naval official said on the condition of anonymity. The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the mid-sea collision.
Superintendent of police Deepak Pandey said that a case has been registered against the owner and motorman of the fishing boat Al Soban on a complaint lodged by captain Gopal Suri commanding officer.
“The ships collided around 10 nautical miles west of Harne coast, 125 km north of Ratnagiri district. All 27 members on the fishing boat are safe,” said Pandey.