No bodies of Indian fishermen found near Oman coast: embassy

There are no reports of bodies of Indian fishermen that have washed up on Omani coast following the tropical storm Ockhi that lashed the southern parts of India on November 30, the Indian Embassy said in a statement on Friday.

“Also, there have been no sightings of bodies floating in Omani waters and we are in touch with the authorities,” the embassy in Muscat said.

It may be noted that the government of a southern Indian state contacted authorities in Oman via India’s following reports bodies were found in the sea near the Oman coast. The government’s intervention came as many fishermen were still missing in the Arabian Sea following Ockhi.

“Besides writing to the External Affairs Ministry, we have contacted the Indian ambassador in Oman twice this afternoon regarding the matter,” the state Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management). The authorities in Oman have alerted their Coast Guard and a search is on to locate the bodies,” he added.

It was on 30 November that Ockhi struck and left more than 70 fishermen from the state, while more than 250 of them were yet to be traced