7 missing Indian fishermen reach home
AHMEDABAD: Seven of the 15 Indian fishermen who went missing at sea arrived home in the Indian state of Gujarat on Monday after being freed from Pakistani jails, said an official of the state fisheries department, H B Dave.
Mr Dave told reporters, “A boat carrying seven fishermen was spotted by another fishing boat near the Indian border. Its engine had failed, so it was towed all the way to the port of Okha on Monday.”
He said the other missing boat carrying the remaining fishermen seems to be somewhere near the Kori Creek on the northwestern coast bordering Gujarat. “We expect it to arrive at the port by evening,” he added.
On Thursday, 269 Indian fishermen were released by Pakistani authorities, after their arrest more than two years ago when they strayed into Pakistani waters. All but 15 of them arrived at Okha on Sunday, after facing rough weather at sea. The Indian authorities launched a hunt for the missing fishermen late Sunday. —AFP