14 fishermen rescued after three days at sea


Coast Guard personnel rescued 14 fishermen alive who were floating for three days due to engine failure in the deep sea.

Lieutenant Commander Abdur Rahman, Media Officer of the Coast Guard Headquarters, said having information a team of Coast Guard led by Lt. Commander Imtiaz Uddin Sarkar of the captain of the regular patrol ship, Porte Grande, rescued the 14 fishermen in sea at 9:35 am today.

He said that the boat, which was floating dangerously for three day in rough seas, was rescued by a ship at approximately 9.35 am along with 14 fishermen approximately 8 nautical miles north-northwest of the Sangu gas field. After giving first aid, food were provided to the fishermen.

The boat along with the fishermen were brought to the Coast Guard berth Patenga by the Coast Guard vessel for post-rescue operations.

He said that the fishing boat went to the sea from Premashia Ghat in Banshkhali for fishing on August 23. At one stage on August 26 at approximately 1.30 am, the engine broke down and the boat floated uncontrollably in the sea.

“When the boat came under mobile network, the fishermen contacted Bangladesh Coast Guard East Zone for rescue assistance. Later, the captain of Coast Guard’s regular patrol ship Porte Grande, Lt. Commander Md Imtiaz Uddin Sarkar conducted the rescue operation at 9.35 am.

He said that the fishing boat was handed over to the owner after recovery.