Kendrapara, Oct 8 (LocalWire): A fisherman from Kendrapara district went missing today after he reportedly fell into the sea from a mechanized fishing boat in the morning. near the fishing harbour at Kharinashi.
Nishikant Behera, 32, of the seaside village Pravakarpur under Baulakani Gram Panchayat was loading ice in a mechanised fishing boat to venture into the sea when he fell into the water near the jetty from the mechanized boat and went missing.
Search operations are being carried out by the marine police and fisheries department, said Maheswar Sethi, the IIC of Jamboo marine police station.
We filed a case against the owner of the fishing boat in connection with the mishap under section- 304 (A) (causing death by negligence).
It is mandatory for fishermen to wear life jackets on boats. However, there were no life jackets for fishermen for which we have registered a criminal case against the fishing vessel owner and will take stern legal action against him, added the police officer.
Authorities have many times in the recent past directed all the fishing boat owners and fishermen to strictly abide by the ban on plying of unapproved vessels.
Legal action will be taken against violators of the ban on plying of fishing boats without life jackets, added the officer.
The authorities have also repeatedly warned the fishing boat and trawler owners not to carry crew members beyond the capacity of the boats.
Authorities regularly give warnings about low pressure systems over the sea, which can cause danger to fishermen who venture into the sea during bad weather.
Fishermen still venture into the sea on ill-designed fishing boats which cannot carry fishermen.
Many fishing boats are operated by untrained youngsters in risky weather conditions, for which a large number of accidents have claimed the lives of many fishermen, said Narayan Haldar, president of Odisha Masyajibi Forum.