Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 19 Bangladeshi fishermen who were stranded in Indian waters in the Bay of Bengal. The fishermen who started from Cox’s Bazar on November 15, were stranded in the sea as their boat ‘Rana’ developed a technical glitch, reports UNB.
They were extremely exhausted and had no food left on board. They were provided with first aid, food and water by the Indian Coast Guard.
The fishing boat drifted into Indian EEZ due to breakdown in machinery.
Bangladesh Coast Guard requested Indian Coast Guard to make necessary arrangements for taking over the stranded fishing boat along with the crew at the pre-designated location in the vicinity of the International Maritime Boundary Line.
The stranded boat is being towed by Coast Guard ship before being handed over to Bangladesh authorities.