Antony sorry about coast guard ship collision

Last Updated: Sat, May 11, 2013 13:11 hrs

Panaji, May 11 (IBNS) Defense Minister AK Antony has expressed regret into the collision between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessel and fishing boat, which threw overboard 23 fishermen and six dead off Goa's South coastline, last month.

Antony has promised all support to the families of the deceased victims and stern action against the guilty naval officials.

"It was a very sad and unfortunate incident... we are sorry about the incident," Antony told reporters after commissioning fighter aircrafts MiG29K at INS Hansa Naval base in the port town of Vasco, South Goa on Saturday.

The ICG's patrol vessel Vaibhav had collided with fishing trawler Sea Massiah, 47 nautical miles off Canacona coast during the wee hours of April 25. The accident had killed six out of 23 crew members on board.

"We will do everything possible to support the families of the dead fishermen. Action against the naval officials will be taken after the ongoing inquiry is complete," the minister assured.

The ICG is conducting board of inquiry in connection with the accident even as Yellow Gate Police from Mumbai have also registered an offence.

The fishermen had alleged that coast guard officials on board had escaped after wrecking the boat into two pieces, instead of rescuing the fishermen.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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