The Hush Post|12:00 am|1-min-read
A Kolkata man named Rabindranath Das, the chief of an overturned fishing trawler floated for five days clinging on to a bamboo pole in the windy Bay of Bengal without food and life jacket. He survived solely on water from July 6 – to July 10 when his trawler was drowned in the sea during a heavy storm and rain. However, he was rescued by a Bangladeshi ship in Chittagong coast by the crew of the ship MV Jawad.
Das, who hailed from Narayanpur in South 24 Parganas district’s Kakdwip, was the master of the trawler FB Nayan-I. On July 4, along with 14 fishermen, he had set sail for the deep sea.
As the vessel capsized, three of the occupants got trapped in it, while Das and 11 others jumped into the sea, offloading fuel drums and tying them together with a bamboo pole and rope.
While one after another, all his 11 colleagues were drowned over the next few days, but Das kept floating.
On July 10, finally he was spotted by the Bangaldeshi vessel near Chittagong and rescued.
On Sunday, after reaching Kolkata, Das said, “All I can recollect now is that my trawler capsized and we jumped into the water and were floating. I did not eat during the entire time I was floating. There was intermittent rain and big waves. I drank water when it rained”.
Unfortunately, his nephew got drowned only a couple of hours before he was rescued.
“We were floating together. He had a life jacket. But since he was very much scared, I was carrying him on my shoulders for days. But he drowned shortly before I was picked up by the ship,” Das said.