Three fishermen missing after boats capsize in Kochi

Three fishermen missing after boats capsize in Kochi

Kochi: Three fishermen, who ventured into a river near Vypin in Kerala's Ernakulam district, were reported missing after their country boats capsized in the early hours of Wednesday.

Elamkunnapuzha native Sidharthan, Pachalam native Sajeevan and Nayarambalam native Santhosh are the missing persons.

Police and Fire and Rescue officials have launched operations to rescue the fishermen who went missing after their boats sank due to heavy rains and winds in the Veeranpuzha river at Vypin at 2am.

There were four fishermen in the two country boats, but only one managed to escape. They belong to villages neighbouring Mulavukadu, the police said.

Meanwhile, shutters of various dams in the rivers flowing through Ernakulam district have been opened after catchment areas received heavy rains last night.

Ernakulam district information officials said 15 shutters of the Bhoothathankettu barrage have been opened and it may cause rise in water level in the Periyar.

Water-level in rivers including Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, Kaliyar and Kothamangalam may also increase due to the opening of shutters of Malankara dam, they said.

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