Udupi: Odisha fisherman falls into water, goes missing, feared dead; plaint filed

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (EP)

Udupi, Sep 19: A fisherman on a boat fell into the water and went missing allegedly due to the negligence of the boat driver.

Odisha-based Abhimanyu Malik (36) was into fishing at Malpe port for the last three years. He had gone fishing with other fishermen on Navaratna boat from Malpe port on September 12 in the night. All of them who were on the boat had slept in the night on September 13. As the boat driver drove the boat in the opposite direction from against the direction of the waves, Abhimanyu lost balance and fell into the water.

It is said that the driver went ahead without trying to rescue Abhimanyu who fell into the water. One of the fishermen who questioned the boat driver was hurled expletives and told by the driver that he was sacked and that he was sent home upon the boat reaching the Karwar port.

Sushanth Malik, brother of the missing who came to Malpe on September 18, has filed a complaint with Malpe police station stating that his brother fell into the water and died due to negligence and hastiness of the boat driver.

Malpe police who have registered a case are investigating.




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  • Karan, Katapadi/Dubai

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    There are no safety regulations for these boats. How can a sleeping boat employee can fall into water ? Was there no railings ? Is there no proper place for resting / sleeping ? Why the boat driver didnt throw Life Rings ? Why not alerted coast guard ? Many questions... We are lacking basic safety at work.

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  • Thomas, Udupi

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    These Fishing Boat owners in Malpe earn a huge amount of money from the exporters who buy the prime fresh fish and export it to tourist destinations such as Bombay, Goa, Bangalore, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, they get huge subsidy on Diesel for the Trawlers. However, this industry is not regulated and therefore the local Trawler owners take advantage in not valuing the life of one of his helpers who fell in the sea. Life Insurance and Medical Insurance and compensation in work hazards and work related accidents must be covered.

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