Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has informed on Twitter that 28 boats along with 321 fishermen have been brought safely to Ratnagiri on Sunday.Chief Minister Fadnavis tweeted that out of 28 boats rescued safely on Sunday, 23 are from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Kerala and 2 from Karnataka. Fadnavis has informed that they are now docked at Mirya Bunder in Ratnagiri and they are being looked after by officials.As the operations to rescue stranded fishermen affected by very severe Cyclone Ockhi entered its third day, Indian Coast Guard has intensified its deployment of ships and aircraft off Kerala Coast as well as Lakhadweep Islands. According to official press release 11 ships, 3 dornier aircraft and 03 helicopters are undertaking extensive search operations in the affected area. In the wee hours of Sunday, Indian Coast Guard ship Shoor reached a remote island Suhelipar in Lakshadweep to rescue five fishermen from a stranded boat “FB Antony”. The island was almost on the path of Cyclone and bore maximum brunt of the storm. Though the island is uninhabited, the fishing boat has taken shelter from raging winds and high waves and escape the impact. Coast Guard ship Shoor reached the location with maximum speed this morning and has recovered all the fishermen onboard. The fishermen are being given required medical aid and food- water to recuperate. Also readEven as Cyclone Ockhi weakens, Kerala CM calls on Centre to declare it ‘national calamity’Coast Guard ship Shoor has now sailed for last known position of another boat which is drifting very near to the predicted path of the cyclone in Lakshadweep islands. Meanwhile, Coast Guard ship Amartya operating near Beypore in Kerala has also rescued 22 fishermen from boat Thatwamasi about 22 Nm (approx 40 Kms) from the coastline. Another Coast Guard ship Abhinav, also operating near Beypore, has rescued five people from boat Joyal about 25 Nm from coast line. As per the last update received, Coast ship Abhinav, is proceeding to rescue of a fishing boat in distress in the same area.Coast Guard ship Samar, also sailing off Kerala coast has rescued 3 more fishermen from boat Salaithanne at location 62 Nm from Quilon coast.As time progresses, Coast Guard has enhanced its deployment so that all survivors from the cyclone can be rescued. An Offshore Patrol vessel carrying an integral helicopter has also been sailed from Mumbai to augment search operations in Lakshadweep. Further, efforts are also being made to recover fishermen who could not survive the onslaught of the storm. Coast Guard District Headquarters, at Kerala and Lakshadweep are maintaining close watch on the situation and reassessing deployment of ships as requirement arises.
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Cyclone Ockhi: 28 boats carrying 321 fishermen land safely at Ratnagiri