Kendrapara, Oct 26 (LocalWire) A fisherman drowned in Bay of Bengal as the boat in which four crew members had ventured into the sea capsized near Hukitola island, official sources said here today.
The body the fisherman identified as Tapan Das (28) of Jamboo under Jamboo Marine Police station in Kendrapara district was found on the beach near Madali yesterday, the sources said.
The boat had gone missing while it was returning with fish catch yesterday when it failed to encounter the gusty winds triggered by a low pressure area in the sea, said Manas Ranjan Sahoo , the Additional Director of Fishery (Marine) of Kujang.
Earlier, the authorities had warned fishermen against venturing into the sea but many did not obey the order for which the mishap happened, the fisheries officer said adding three other crew members jumped off the boat and managed to swim ashore.
A case was filed against the owner of the fishing boat as the administration had banned plying of unapproved and without life jacket vessels.
Though it is mandatory for fishermen to wear life jackets but it was not followed in yesterday’s mishap as the boat had no such facility.
“It’s a criminal offence and stern action will be taken against the guilty”, said Ramachandra Murmu, IIC of Jamboo marine police station.
Scores of fishing boats operating in the rivers and sea are not designed to carry fishermen and they have turned out to be death traps causing a number of fatal accidents.
Though hundreds of country boats are engaged in fishing, many are operated by untrained youngsters in risky weather conditions.
Accidents and loss of life is a regular feature here, said Amarbara Biswal a social worker of Kendrapara.