Another fisherman sustained injuries in the incident
A fisherman from Pudukudi fishing village near Thondi, who had gone to Oman for contract fishing, was killed and another fisherman from the same village suffered injuries when the gas cylinder in their fishing boat exploded even as they were fishing on the high seas on Tuesday.
The two fishermen – M. Kattumandiri (32) and C. Kani (27) – with two others were fishing on the high seas off Masirah island near Oman on Tuesday evening when the gas cylinder in the fibreglass boat exploded, family members said.
While Kattumandiri was killed and his body was yet to be traced, Mr. Kani suffered injuries in his legs and was admitted to a hospital in Muscat, they said.
The family members of the two fishermen, who were informed of the ghastly incident in the early hours of Wednesday, visited the Collectorate here on Thursday and urged the district administration to take steps to bring back the body of Kattumandiri and Mr. Kani for treatment.
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the Collectorate as Ramadevi (25), wife of Kattumandiri, wailed inconsolably, holding her two young daughters and a one-month-old son. Mother of the deceased fisherman also wailed inconsolably and fainted.
Advocate Thirumurugan and CITU leader K. Karunamurthy, who accompanied the families, urged the district administration to take up the issue with the State and Central governments to trace the body of the deceased fisherman.
They also urged Collector S. Natarajan to help bring back Mr. Kani so that he could get better treatment here. The family members later met G.S. Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, who assured them of all possible steps. The two fishermen had been on contract fishing in Masirah island for the past two years.
Kattumandiri had come home on a month’s leave in November and returned to work in December before his wife delivered the boy, his family members said.
The government should help Ms. Ramadevi by providing her employment to take care of the children, they stressed. They also urged the Collector to secure financial assistance from the employer of the fishermen to meet the educational expenses of the children and medical expenses of Mr. Kani.