India repatriates Bangladeshi distressed fishing boat

Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarojini Naidu on Sunday undertook successful repatriation of one Bangladeshi fishing boat, ‘Allahar Daan’, along with 20 Bangladeshi fishermen.

The boat was reported adrift at sea due to engine breakdown and was sighted by Indian fishermen.

The Indian fishermen displaying humanity provided necessary assistance to the boat and towed it to Paradip on December 26.

The incident highlights the importance given by Indian fishermen to help mariners or fishermen at sea in distress irrespective of nationality thereby forming an important link in ensuring safety of life at sea, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

The Indian Coast Guard in coordination with Marine Police at Paradip provided shelter to the boat and its crew on humanitarian grounds.

The crewmembers were reported to be safe and healthy.

The boat along with 20 fishermen was formally handed over by ICGS Sarojini Naidu to Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship Shadhin Bangla at IMBL.

The Indian Coast Guard not only provides solace to the fishermen and mariners in distress, but also provides humanitarian assistance.

Such operations highlights the coordinated response between Coast Guard agencies of India and Bangladesh demonstrating mutual commitment for safety of fishermen at sea and further strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries, said the High Commission.

Source: United News of Bangladesh