3 fishers dead, 9 missing on high seas as ship rams Beypore boat

The capsized fishing boat
The capsized fishing boat.

Beypore: At least three died and nine others were missing as a ship rammed a mechanised fishing boat on the high seas off Mangalore last night.

The boat, IFB Rabah, with 14 fishermen on board, had set off from Beypore in Kozhikode district of Kerala Sunday evening.

Sunil Das (34) from West Bengal and Velmurukan (37) from Tamil Nadu were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard.

Seven of the fishermen are from Tamil Nadu and the remaining from West Bengal and Odisha. Boat owner Jaffer belongs to Beypore.

"Three crew members died after the Indian fishing boat 'Rabah' collided with a Singapore container ship (Apl Le Havre) and sunk 43 nautical miles west of Mangaluru in the Arabian sea in the wee hours of the day," said the ICG in a tweet.

It is learnt that a ship from Singapore, MV APL Le Havre, had collided with the boat.

The Coast Guard said three of its vessels and choppers are continuing the search for the missing fishermen.

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