Ramanathapuram (TN), Jan 30 (PTI) A mechanised fishing boat Wednesday was stuck on rocks close to the over century-old Pamban railway bridge that connects Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram to the mainland, officials said.Also Read - Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises to 23; PM Modi Discusses Situation With CM Vijayan | 10 Points
Fisheries department said the rope of the boat anchored in Pamban north region got snapped following strong winds and currents in the early hours Wednesday and the boat drifted and got stuck on rocks close to the bridge. Also Read - Bigg Boss 15: Vishal Kotian is Overshadowing Jay Bhanushali, Says Fans | India.com Twitter Poll
“The boat was stuck on rocks in the shallow waters close to the 2.3 km-long bridge without damaging it,” a senior official in the department told PTI, adding that such incidents were usual. Also Read - IND vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Hints T20 World Cup Warm-Up Match: Captain, Vice-Captain – India vs England, Playing 11s For Today’s T20 Match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium 07:30 PM IST October 18, Monday
Operations to retrieve the boat is on with the involvement of local fishermen, the official said.
The waters are shallow with rocks and boulders underneath on both the sides of the railway bridge.
According to the Coast Guard, the phenomenon of high winds and strong currents began late Tuesday and is still continuing.
“There is no damage to the bridge and no risk to life.
The boat can be retrieved once the level of water goes up due to tides,” a senior Coast Guard officer said.
Southern Railway said the railway line has been closed for maintenance since early December.
In 2013, the rail link to Rameswaram was disrupted after a barge towing a naval ship drifted and collided with the railway bridge, damaging it.
The bridge was commissioned in 1915.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.