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fishermen, 2 divers rescued; 3 still missing

A fisherman casts a net in the waters of a fish farm during a sudden downpour along a sea shore on the outskirts of Kochi, India, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Mumbai : A day after a fishing boat sank in the Arabian Sea, two divers deployed to locate the fishermen on board the vessel were rescued today, Coast Guard officials said.

The boat ‘Dutta Sai’, carrying 17 fishermen, had sunk about 30 nautical miles west of Mumbai in the sea at around 4 AM yesterday due to bad weather.

While 14 fishermen were rescued yesterday, two Naval divers were deployed to locate the others.

However, the divers also went missing last night amid the rough waters. They were rescued early morning, a release from the Indian Coast Guard said, adding the three fishermen are still missing.

‘MV Dependable’, a merchant ship had rescued the 14 fishermen. The search and rescue operation was conducted by the units of Coast Guard, Navy and ONGC, it said.

During the search operation, ‘INS Trishul’ spotted a fisherman in the evening, following which the ship lowered a boat and two divers went to pick up the survivor.

However, both the survivor and the divers could not be seen even at close range by the ship due to rain, bad weather and darkness, the release said.

Search efforts have been stepped up to locate the three missing fishermen, it added.