Kaup: One dead, three escape as tugboat capsizes, search on for four others

Daijiworld Media Network - Kaup (SP)

Kaup, May 16: A tugboat manned by eight contract workers, which had been deputed for work 16 nautical miles off New Mangalore Port Trust named Hat LI, overturned due to the force of the surging waves. The tugboat later was washed ashore at Padubidri.

Out of the eight workers, three reached the shore near Katapady Mattukopla. The body of another was found on the seashore at Thenka Yermal. The body has been preserved int he mortuary of Mulky hospital, police sources stated.

Chief officer Ashfaq Ali Khalpe, and his alliance team comprising workers of north Indian origin identified as Zibanul, Mionirul Molla, Karibul Siyajul Sheikh, Mainuddin Haque Sheikh, Pawan Chand Katoch, Najim Ahmed and Hemanath were in the tugboat when it capsized.

It is learnt that the tugboat used to go into the sea for undertaking pumping operations of crude oil to the port from the super ships arriving at the port for being supplied to Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. The boat was returning to the shore after work, when it faced adverse weather.

The body of Hemanath was found. Monirul Molla (34) and Kareebul Soiyajul Sheikh (24) are recovering in Udupi district hospital.

In a statement to the media, MRPL said, "We are pained to inform that, one TUG vessel named Alliance, which belongs to M/s Underwater Services Company Ltd, with eight of their men on board had faced distress today (Saturday). This company assists us in cargo unloading near our SPM and functions in coordination with port.

"Three of the eight men have survived, body of one has been found and rest are missing. Our cargo operation was completed on Friday and the vessel was supposed to return on the same day. However it started only on Saturday morning and had to face distress," MRPL stated, adding that more details would be provided after an update from the Coast Guard.

Speaking to daijiworld, the Coast Guard said that rescue operations which are still on are being hampered by the rough sea.



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  • Rahul, Himachal pradesh

    Fri, May 21 2021

    Missing Pawan Chand Katoch is one cousin of my friend. As we need find him out. Please help us. People out there plz do share this news on local contacts. Any revert should be given on 7807647507

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  • mudassir, qatar

    Mon, May 17 2021

    my relative family friends father was on that boat they was returning n he suppose to come home by that boat so they shify him from ship to boat he was not able to swim also pls pray for tjose who lost live n family member its very big lost for us as he still missing or pass away from us dont fight and argue. he from mumbai , no one was bungladeshi all was indians , please respect.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Should file murder case against MRPL and contractors for neglecting met warning.

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  • Raghunath Shetty, Mulki

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Why you pronounce judgement before knowing who's fault. Why you look so keen to pronounce some parties guilty.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 16 2021

    looks like bangladeshis...not north indians

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Looks like you are not a human being

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 16 2021

    We can only Pray ...

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  • Karan, Katapadi/Dubai

    Sun, May 16 2021

    I feel sorry for this incident and happy that few managed to make it to shore. They had the weather warning in advance and why they didn't call off the operations well in advance ? Its big negligence and many people lost their lives or missing.

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  • Joshua, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Don't entertain such cases or don't compensate for they don't listen to government order not to venture into sea.

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  • Nelson, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    North Indian or Bangladeshi?

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Are these people of Bangladeshi origin.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    What happened to the oil? Did it leak into the sea?

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  • Austin, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Wasn’t warnings given due to the cyclone? If it was ignored, it is a major lapse from the concerned company. Lives are lost . But who gave permission for them to operate when warnings were issued regarding the Cyclone Tauktae . A high level enquiry needs to be undertaken. This is a major blunder by the concerned authorities putting lives at risk knowing the adverse sea conditions.

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