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The bodies of the 6 fishermen who died in a boat that capsized off Mangaluru are recovered


The bodies of four of the six fishermen who died at sea after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of Ullal in Manguluru were recovered Wednesday, the Coast Guard said. Two bodies were found on Tuesday.

The ship ‘Sri Raksha’ set off on a deep sea fishing expedition with 22 men on board on Monday morning and was scheduled to return with the catch in the early hours of Tuesday.

But when they did not arrive, the owners of the boat alerted the authorities. By then, on Tuesday, 16 of the 22 men had been rescued in a boat. The fishermen said their boat had sunk due to high winds.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard and local district authorities, working together, had managed to recover the bodies of Pandurang (58) and Preetam (25) who are said to be residents of Bokkapatna, Dakshina Kannada district.

On Wednesday, the bodies of four more fishermen Chintan Bokkapatna, Hasnair Bengre, Ziaul Bengre and Ansar Bengre were recovered.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia of six lakh rupees to the family members of each of the fishermen who lost their lives. The minister in charge of the Mangaluru district, Kota Srinivasa Poojary, who also has the Fisheries portfolio, tweeted condoning the deaths of the six fishermen and said he would ask Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for additional compensation.

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