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Two drowning Pak commandos rescued by Indian Coast Guard

As Pakistan moves to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav without fair trial Indian fishermen save Pak commandos Representational image
Manuel Armenta | 12 Abril, 2017, 20:25

Reports said the marines were giving chase to a group of Indian fishermen and their boat had capsized after hitting one of the Indian boats.

Even as Indo-Pak relations have slumped over Pakistan's death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadav, the Indian Coast Guard rescued two Pakistani marine commandos from drowning, near the Gujarat coast. As a goodwill gesture, the 62 Indian fishermen were later released by Pakistan. Two of the commandos were rescued and three bodies floating in the water were retrieved.

The Pakistani boat capsized in this accident, but the Indian sailors rescued two commandos while ICG ship "Arinjay" recovered bodies of three others who had drowned.

Coastal police stations in Gujarat have been asked to remain alert for one missing Pakistani commando. However, there were actually 10 boats and 60 fishermen in that area. The Coast Guard took custody of the two survivors and gave medical treatment to one of them as his condition had deteriorated due to prolonged exposure to seawater. While they were being taken to Karachi, one of the small boats collided with an Indian fishing boat, after which it capsized. The Coast Guard, however, is yet to release a statement on the operaton. But engine of one of the boats had failed and it is reported missing. Both the PMSA personnel and the four dead bodies have been handed over on Wednesday to a Pakistan Naval Ship operating across the IMBL. Fishermen spend years in Pakistani jails before being released and sent back to India. "It is very encouraging sign", said Desai.