It may be mentioned that some fishing boats went missing when the weather turned turbulent in the high sea with formation of a depression in the North of Bay of Bengal. Some Indian fishing boats too went missing. Officers of the Indian Coast Guard had rescued the Indian fishing boats and they had also found the fishing boats with fishermen on board were also struggling in the high sea on August 17 and 18.
Indian Coast Guard officers had brought four Bangladeshi fishing boats - FB Allardan, FB Farhad, FB Nahim and FB Maa Ganga - were being brought to the India sea coast. The fishermen on the boats were also rescued.
On August 17, the officers of the Indian Coast Guard had found FB Allardan and FB Farhad at a distance of 35 nautical miles south of Sagar Island. Officers conducting a search operation using an aircraft had spotted the boats. The two other boats - FB Nahim and FB Maa Ganga - were spotted the next day.
Two fishing boats - FB Allardan and FB Farhad – have been handed to Bangladesh Coast Guard and two others are undergoing refitting. They will be handed over soon.
Inspector General KR Nautiyal, the Coast Guard Commander of the North East Headquarters, said: “The Bangladeshi fishermen were provided with necessary logistics and medical treatment.”
It may be mentioned that the Coast Guard had undertaken the rescue work along in a proper co-ordination with the Civil Defence department of the state government when the Indian fishing boats had gone missing.