Three fishermen dead, nine others missing following collision in Laccadive Sea off India

Photo: Indian Coast Guard

Three Indian fishermen were killed while nine of their companions have gone missing after their boat capsized and sank following a collision with a commercial vessel in the Laccadive Sea on Tuesday, April 13.

The fishing vessel Rabah was 43 nautical miles off Mangalore when it was struck by the Singaporean-flagged 354-metre containership APL Le Havre as the latter was en route to Nhava Sheva near Mumbai at around 02:00 local time on Tuesday.

The impact caused the smaller fishing vessel to immediately capsize, sending all 14 of its crew into the water.

The Indian Coast Guard despatched three patrol boats plus some aircraft to the area to conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations.

The coast guard vessel crews pulled two survivors and three deceased individuals out of the water. Local authorities said the two survivors have since been brought to hospital.

The Indian Navy has also deployed vessels, aircraft, and divers to assist the coast guard in the ongoing effort to locate Rabah‘s nine other missing crewmen.

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