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The picture shows a Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) ship. — X/@PMSAHQ
The picture shows a Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) ship. — X/@PMSAHQ
  • PMSA ship was patrolling Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 
  • Encounters eight Indian ships engaged in illegal activities.
  • Two Indian fishermen missing; search operation continues. 

KARACHI: A Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) sailor was martyred while two Indian fishermen went missing after a fishing boat was caught engaged in illegal activities in Pakistani waters, said a PMSA spokesperson on Friday. 

According to the spokesperson, the PMSA ship was patrolling Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) when it encountered around eight Indian ships engaged in illegal activities in Pakistani waters. 

To avoid capture, one of the fishing boats increased its speed and started moving towards the Indian waters. During the chase, the boat continued to evade capture despite warnings and instructions to cooperate.

“Eventually, the fishing vessel slowed down allowing the PMSA ship’s boarding team to embark. However, after PMSA personnel were on the fishing vessel, the boat suddenly accelerated and changed its direction, thereby colliding with the PMSA ship,” said the spokesperson. 

The statement added that the fishing vessel capsised and sank with all personnel onboard — the PMSA boarding team and fishermen, being thrown into the sea. Subsequently, the fishing vessel sank in the same position.

“PMSA ship acted swiftly to rescue five out of seven Indian fishermen and the four PMSA personnel. However, regrettably, one PMSA sailor, named Muhammad Rehan, later embraced martyrdom while two remaining Indian fishermen are still missing at sea,” added the statement. 

The PMSA said that a search and rescue operation for two missing Indian fishermen was in progress. 

“The bravery and sacrifice of the PMSA sailor who lost his life in the line of duty is a sombre reminder of the risks involved in operations at sea,” said the spokesperson. 

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