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Cyclone Thane: Navy rescues 11 fishermen in Bay of Bengal

December 29, 2011 21:11 IST

A unit of Eastern Naval Command on Thursday rescued eleven fishermen trapped in the Bay of Bengal due to the rough sea off Narasapur in East Godavari district and Yanam in Pondicherry.

High alert has been issued along the coast in view of cyclone `Thane' that is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts by Friday.

Fishermen had been advised not to venture out, but Eastern Naval Command received a message from the district authorities yesterday that some fishermen, already at sea, were missing for the last two days, a Navy release said.

A Dornier flight was launched this morning and despite the rough weather and poor visibility, the aircrew was successful in locating a capsized boat off Narsapur, around 220 km from Visakhapatnam.

A helicopter from INS Dega then rescued six survivors. While returning to Visakhapatnam, it received call about a trawler, so it changed course and rescued five  more off Yanam.
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