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KOCHI:  Even as attempts were still on to trace the nine fishermen missing after a mid-sea collision, authorities have intercepted the ships that were present near the fishing vessel at the time of the accident.

Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) officials said MV Desh Shakti, an oil tanker bound for Iraq from Chennai and suspected to have been involved in the collision, had been directed to anchor at the Mangaluru port.

The remaining three ships have been also directed to anchor at the various Indian ports.

The ship, now anchored 1.5 nautical mile of the Mangaluru port, will be brought to the port by Thursday upon completing the proceedings.

Similarly, two other ships that were present near the accident site have anchored in Mumbai while a directive have been issued to the fourth ship, which was on its way to Colombo, to stop sailing, said an MMD official.

On Tuesday, a Naval Dornier spotted some debris of the fishing vessel, which was later picked up by a Coast Guard boat. Indian Naval ship Jamuna and three Coast Guard vessels – Vikram, Savitribai Phule, Abhinav – and an interceptor boat are conducting searches around the area where the accident took place.

Besides the Navy and the Coast Guard, the Marine Enforcement is coordinating a search operation by the fishermen operating from Munambam.

Their rescue operations, however, were affected by the rough weather conditions, officials said.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the three fishermen killed in the accident –Yuganathan, Manikodi, and Yakob – were handed over to their relatives after a post-mortem examination.

Three people were killed and nine went missing when a merchant vessel rammed the fishing boat around 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The fishing vessel, Oceanic, was hit by the unidentified vessel, 27 nautical miles north-west of Chettuva barmouth in Thrissur.

Two fishermen, Edwin, and Narain Sarkar, were rescued and admitted to the Government General Hospital in Ernakulam.

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