Mangaluru, Sept 18: The Indian Coast Guards today rescued as many as 23 crew members on board a fishing vessel which had gone adrift due to engine failure.
23 fishermen, who had set sail from Bhatkal, were drifting in the high seas after their engine developed a technical snag.
Karnataka state Coastal Security police who picked up the distress signals from the adrift fishermen, contacted Indian Coast Guards.
Indian Coast Guard ship Rajdoot, on patrol off Karnataka and Goa coast was diverted to the site of drifting fishing boat, 30 nautical miles away from Mavinakurve.
All the 23 crew on board the fishing boat were reported safe. Coast Guard authorities then requested IFB Pavan Sutta (Reg no KA02MM1826) that was fishing in the vicinity for towing assistance.
At present, the fishing boat is being towed to Bhatkal. IFB SDY is also providing assistance to the Coast Guard, DIG S S Dasila, commander, Coast Guard Karnataka, said.
Adrift off Bhatkal coast, 23 fishermen rescued by Indian coast guards