Posted on August 13, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
A fourth body has been found in the search for 9 missing people after a hit and run incident in the waters of Kerala.
3 bodies have already been found, and a further 8 people are still missing after the collision between a merchant vessel and fishing boat on the 7th August.
The body of the Kerala fisherman was found in waters off Chettuva village, Kerala on Saturday by a fishing boat. The body of the 42 year old male was then taken to Munamban harbour.
The merchant vessel hit fishing vessel, Oceanic 75 kilometers off the coast of Chettuva in the early hours of the morning. 2 people have been rescued and hospitalised, 4 people have now been confirmed dead, and the search continues for the remaining 8 who are missing.
India’s Directorate General of Shipping earlier launched an investigation into the incident and subsequently started analysing and retrieving the positions of all the merchant ships that have transited the area at the time.
Two vessels were found to be in the closest proximity of the reported casualty and have been advised not to leave Indian waters until further orders.
The possibility of two other merchant vessels being involved has not been ruled out at this stage.
Two teams of investigators from Kochi and Mumbai inspected Indian-flagged crude oil tanker Desh Shakti, which was suspected to be involved in the collision.
Relevant officials were cited as saying that investigators collected paint samples from the ship and now await the results of the sample in order to prove whether the ship was involved in the incident.
A Liberian-flagged ship is also under investigation as it was also present near the accident site.