The Indian Coast Guard has intercepted fishing boats found to be operating in suspicious conditions off Lakshadweep & Minicoy islands within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The boats were intercepted by an Indian Coast Guard ship on patrol and brought to Kavaratti in Lakshadweep for investigation.
However, due to inclement weather conditions and limited resources at Kavaratti, the vessels were escorted to New Mangalore for detailed investigation. All 15 crew are safe at New Mangalore. The identity of the boats and the crew is yet to be established.