Friday 12 October 2012

Bangladesh Coastguards rescue 289 Burmese fishermen at nearby Saint-Martin

Source Kaladan Press, 11 Oct

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Coastguards rescued 289 Burmese fishermen with 36 fishing boats from nearby Saint-Martin Island on October 10 while they were floating in the Bay of Bengal, said a local fisherman from Teknaf.
"They were stuck under heavy rain and stormy winds in the Bay of Bengal and also the engines of boats were damaged at the moment."

On being tipped off, Bangladesh Coastguard went to the spot and rescued them. The all fishermen are belonging to Aley Than Kyaw and Myint Hlut villages of Maungdaw Townships, official said.

Official also said that they arrived in Bangladesh side after affecting by the heavy rain and gusty winds.

Now, they are being kept in the custody of Bangladesh Coastguards for their safety. They will be returned their country when the weather is calm, sources said.

The Bangladesh Met Office has issued a severe weather warning signal number 3 around the Chittagong and Cox's Bazar. All the fishing boats will be staying nearby safeguards till the weather will become calm, official said.

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