Search continuing for missing fishermen, vessel

Kochi: A search is on for the three fishermen, who went missing after their boat collided with a ship off Alappuzha leaving two of their colleagues dead, officials said today.

Coastguard sources told PTI that search was still going on. Certain ships have been investigated, but nothing conclusive has been found.

The first priority was to trace the missing fishermen, they said. At least 14-15 ships which passed through the area since February 29 night were investigated. They were not found involved, the sources said.

All their documents were in place and there were no marks on their vessel showing collision,they added.

The incident, which happened yesterday, has shocked the fishing community of Neendakara in Kollam district as it happened within two weeks after two fishermen were shot dead by marines onboard Italian ship `Enrica Lexie`.

Two of the fishermen of the boat, `Dawn`, which set out from Neendakara fishing harbour in Kollam on Sunday with seven persons onboard, were rescued and brought to Thottappaly fishing harbour in Alappuzha district.