All possible steps initiated to rescue stranded fishermen: Vijayan

The Kerala government has initiated all possible steps to rescue fishermen stranded in rough sea off the state coast due to cyclone ‘Ockhi’, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Talking to reporters after a meeting that reviewed the situation, he said though the exact number of stranded fishermen was yet to be known, the government initiative was to bring all of them to the shore without any delay.

Vijayan said 70 fishermen in sea had already got in touch with rescue teams. But, the teams could not reach them due to inclement weather, he said.

Official sources said around 50 fishermen had already been rescued by the joint team of the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

According to a rough estimate, nearly 200 fishermen had gone out for fishing last day and yet to return.

Vijayan said the state has requested the Defence Ministry to deploy more aircraft for rescue operations in view of the cyclone moving towards Lakshadweep.

(Agencies)

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