The Chungathu Muppathu lift bridge, located along the 2.5 km long boat channel that opens from Vembanad Lake to Kottayam has posed a challenge to passenger boat operations over the years.
Although police maintain that no immediate evidence of wrongdoing was found onboard the vessel, the circumstances raised red flags regarding potential maritime security breaches.
The incident occurred at 3:30 am while the boat, owned by Gireesh Thottungal of Puthiyappa, was docked at the yard for repairs.
It was two days ago that the fishermen left Munambam near Azhikode for fishing and became stuck in the sea after the fin of their boat 'Albhutha Matha' suffered damage and water began spilling in.
The cause of the fire, which broke out around 1 am and was doused by 4 am, is yet to be ascertained, according to officials.
While engaged in fishing activities, Alex slipped and fell into the water, unnoticed by his colleagues. The boat continued its journey and Alex was stranded at a nowhere place.
The rescue operations were too risky due to the heavy rain, wind and rogue waves
Catching sardines smaller than 10cm is prohibited in the country.
Boats which are already out fishing may dock at Vellayil or Puthiyappa fishing harbour.
At around 2.30 pm, Azhikode fisheries station received the message that the boat was stuck in the sea.