Ship hits boat off Kerala, two fishermen killed, 11 hurt


Two fishermen were killed and one went missing after a Panama-registered cargo ship, Amber L, rammed into their fishing boat off the Kochi coast early Sunday morning.

The 11 injured were rescued by fishermen in another boat, police said.

The 11 injured were rescued by fishermen in another boat. The 11 injured fishermen were admitted to two hospitals in Kochi and the condition of two of them was stated to be serious.

The collector of Ernakulam K Mohammed Y Safirulla has asked the Cochin Port Trust to take steps to bring the capsized boat ashore, and conduct a detailed inquiry.

The fishing boat has reportedly been completely destroyed after the collision.

There are conflicting versions on the exact location of the ship - crucial because that will determine if penal provisions can be applied -with Director General of Shipping (DGS) officials and coastal police saying it was around 14 nautical miles off Kochi while the Navy said the incident had taken place 30 NM north west of Kochi.

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The Panamanian ship had continued its sail without alerting any agencies about the mishap or starting rescue according to global maritime laws. "The ship is berthed around eight nautical miles away from the port".

The ship has been detained.

This is the second incident of mid-sea collision of fishing boat and cargo ship off the Kerala coast in recent years.

Earlier in February 2012, two fishermen were shot dead allegedly by Italian marines on-board an oil tanker Enrica Lexie. Bodies of two fishermen were recovered and efforts were on to locate the missing, he said. "The ship that hit us had turned its lights off sped off without bothering to rescue us", said a fisherman who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Fort Kochi.

There were 28 crew in the ship including the captain, who is a citizen of Greece.

Kochi Range Inspector-General P Vijayan said police have registered a case on the basis of information provided by the fishermen.