Man on board M.V.Prabhu Daya missing

March 4th, 2012 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, March 4 (IANS) A man on board the cargo ship M.V.Prabhu Daya which hit an Indian fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea off the Kerala coast March 1 has gone missing, an Indian Coast Guard officer said.

“We are informed that a search is on for a missing person on board who is feared to have fallen into the sea. Normally, 72 hours is the search time for missing persons on the high seas,” the officer told IANS.

The Singapore-flagged ship was ordered to proceed to a convenient Indian Port by Indian authorities after it hit the fishing boat March 1.

The suspect ship is said to be currently near Triconamalee in Sri Lanka.

The Indian Coast Guard officer said the ship was expected to reach Chennai sometime on Monday.

The hit-and-run involving the fishing vessel, “Don-1″ with seven fishermen aboard, occurred Thursday morning around 1 a.m., off Manakodam light house, 20 nautical miles off the Kochi harbour entrance. Two fishermen died in the accident.

The Don-1 had left from Kollam for deep sea fishing with seven fishermen aboard last Sunday.

Indian authorities suspect M V Prabhu Daya as the culprit as it did not respond to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), out of the eight ships that were near the accident area.

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