Statesman News Service
Paradip, 8 July
Five fishermen were rescued after their fishing trawler caught fire while docked at Paradip fishing harbour caught fire and sunk off Bay of Bengal this evening.
Providentially, none of them have been injured and the nearby trawlers were also safe.
Sources said that the trawler “Maa Lakeswari” caught fire when the fishermen started its engine to set off their sail to the sea.
The sparks from the battery fell on the stored oil and the blaze engulfed the trawler in no time.
Hearing the stranded fishermen&’s scream, the other fishermen alerted the Paradip marine police and fire brigade of CISF, who rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation.
While the fishermen were rescued, about 50 other trawlers and three boats docked nearby the blazing trawler were vacated to prevent spread of fire.
Despite all their efforts, the fire could not be extinguished and the trawler sunk in the sea. “Though the fishermen were rescued and safe, the trawler sunk in the sea. The exact quantum of damage is yet to ascertained,” said IIC of marine police station Mr Radha Charan Pattnaik.