[Watch] 60 fishermen narrowly escape as boats capsize in sea off Odisha coast

Chatrapur: With the Cyclonic Storm ‘Asani’ is approaching towards Odisha coasts, as many as 60 fishermen had a narrow escape after their boats capsized in the sea at Aryapalli near Chatrapur in Ganjam district.

According to reports, total 60 fishermen onboard six fishing vessels from Sanaryapalli, Bada Aryapalli and Golabandha areas narrowly escaped death after all their boats sank in the sea.

The incident occurred when they were on their way back to the coast. However, all the fishermen managed to save their lives by swimming to the shore.

A video was shot showing one of the fishing vessels carrying fishermen overturned near the coast.


Despite warning issued in view of Cyclone Asani, the fishermen had ventured into the sea.

On Monday, 11 stranded persons were rescued from the sea along the Odisha coast by the State government with the help of the Indian Coast Guard. The stranded persons were travelling on a boat from Vizag of Andhra Pradesh through the sea route. However, their boat got struck close to Pati Sonapur beach in Ganjam District. On receiving information, the district administration communicated with the Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena, who coordinated with the Indian Coast Guard team in Bhubaneswar and Paradeep DIGs for an air rescue.

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According to IMD, the Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Asani’ over Westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 05 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 05:30 hours IST of today, May 10, over westcentral Bay of Bengal near 300 km southeast of Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), 330 km south-southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 510 km south-southwest of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 590 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha).

It is very likely to move nearly northwestwards till May 10 night and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours.

Under influence of the cyclone, the sea condition is likely to be very High over westcentral Bay of Bengal till midnight of today. It would become high over northwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal on May 11 and very rough to rough over the same region on May 12.

The authorities advised for total suspension of fishing operations over west central Bay of Bengal and Northwest Bay of Bengal
till May 12. The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea area over westcentral Bay of Bengal and northwest Bay of Bengalduring the period.


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