More than 20 fishing vessels caught in cyclone Kyarr in Arabian sea, distressed

More than 20 fishing vessels were reported distressed on Oct 27-28 in Arabian sea, one FV VAISHNAV DEVI MATA confirmed sank on Oct 27 in vicinity 18 40N 071 00E, all 17 crew rescued by Indian Navy. All fishing vessels were caught in cyclone KYARR, raging in Arabian sea and slowly moving towards Oman. All fishermen of Indian West Coast were warned on cyclone approach, and strongly advised not to leave ports. All distressed vessels understood to be coastal fishing vessels, with 10-12 crews on board. Two fishing vessels identified as FV KARMAL MATHA (MMSI 419506094) with 12 fishermen on board; FV ST MARY (MMSI 419817184) with 11 fishermen on board.

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