Fishermen recall their experience at sea inside Cyclone Ockhi
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The Indian Navy, Coast Guard and National Management Disaster Authority (NMDA) stated that they have rescued over 233 fishermen along the coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
‘All these fishermen went for the catchinto the turbulent sea. The fishermen knew that a storm was in their way. But they were definitely not aware that it intensifies into a severe Cyclone. They were left strangled in the middle of the sea. They were caught inside the Cyclone Ockhi which intensified before it made a landfall in Lakshadweep Islands,’ said a Navy official.
A fisherman who is currently being treated at a local hospital shared his experience. ‘I have never seen such dangerous waves even in movies. Cyclone Ockhi was truly a nightmare for every one of us in the sea. With blue water in our foresight, and heavy winds and giant waves tossing us, we begged for help. We never believed we would make it to the shore alive,’ said the fisherman.
Meanwhile, the families of the fishermen were anxiously waiting for their husbands and brothers who had gone into the sea for the catch. The families are yet to meet the fishermen. ‘Our boats were drifted as far as 100 km because of the raging sea’ said a fisherman.
14 people have been reported dead due to the Ockhi Cyclone.
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