Kochi: The Indian Coast Guard has rescued eight fishermen on board a boat which was adrift about 16 nautical miles off the coast of Kochi, defense sources said on Tuesday.
The Kerala Fisheries Department had informed the coast guard around 10:30 pm on Monday about the boat being adrift.
The Indian Coast Guard Headquarters engaged the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Abhinav to tow the boat at 10 am on Tuesday.
The fishing boat was incapacitated since Monday due to engine breakdown with the eight fishermen on board, sources said.
The ship reached the boat around 1:30 pm and after ensuring the safety of all personnel and security of items on the boat, it was connected with strong ropes and towed back, sources said.
The ship reached the harbor around 4:30 pm on Tuesday and the fishing boat was handed over to Marine Enforcement Wing (MEW), Kochi.
All those on board are understood to be safe with no injuries, the sources added.