CHI - At least six fishermen were rescued while one fisherman died and three others were missing when a fishing boat capsized in the sea in Hybrahim Hydri here the other day.
According to spokesman for Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), Sami Memon, rescuers have recovered the body of a fisherman from the sea while three others are still missing.
The local fishermen criticized the government agencies and said that since the incident had occurred, nobody from any agency had contacted them or extended help in the rescue operation. They claimed that all the government agencies, even Fishermen Cooperative Society (FCS) had not bothered to offer sympathy to the fishermen and get any updates regarding the incident.
The PFF said that the missing fishermen belonged to Ibrahim Hydri and Bin Qasim Town. The rescuers were still searching for them.
He said that the dead body of the fisherman, recovered from the sea, was identified as Abdul Sattar, son of Yaqoob, belonged to Chohar Jamali, District Thatta and it was handed over to his family.
Sami further said that the ill-fated boat Al-Amber left Ibrahim Hydri jetty on Wednesday with 10 crew members onboard for fishing into the open sea and met the tragedy near Khahi, about 30 km from the local jetty. He said that six crew members reached safely by swimming on Thursday early morning.
He said that the fishing boat drowned due to rough waves and strong winds, leaving the crew helpless. They covered the distance in around eight hours, swimming against the high tides to reach the beach safely.
They do not know about the others. He said that the fishermen who were still missing included Amin Batani, Khamoon and Jamal Jamali.
There was no information about them as to whether they were alive or drowned. Local boats were searching the missing fishermen.
The survivors included Ali Gul, Siddique Batani, Bachayo, Laloo Shah, Hameed and Raza Mohammed. The injured fishermen were shifted to the Sindh government hospital at Ibrahim Haydri, where their condition was said to be out of danger.
Alleging the Fishermen Cooperative Society (FCS) of indifference, the PFF spokesman said that the FCS had announced earlier to launch effective communication system by providing wireless sets to each boat crew to help them rescue in any emergency. But Alas - nothing has been done so far, he lamented.