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Andhra Pradesh: 12 missing fishermen return home safely by M N Samdani May 20,2016   |  Source: The Times of India

Nearly 48 hour long anxiety and mental agony of fishermen families ended on a happy late on Thursday night when 18 fishermen, who went missing at sea, were found safe. While 12 fishermen reached Nizampatnam safe by two boats, the officials could establish communication with the remaining boats in which six other fishermen were stranded at sea. Sources said the last boat too is on its way to the Nizampatnam port and is expected to arrive any moment. Family members of fishermen, who returned home, and locals celebrated their safe return. The villagers said that the safe return of their people is the real 'Mogadaramma Jathara' for them. The fishermen, who ventured into the sea three days ago, lost contact with the family members two days ago soon after the depression turned into a cyclonic storm. Sources said that fishermen, who disappeared in the rough waters, could manage to return as the cyclonic storm moved in northward direction from Nellore and crossed the Guntur coast. The water, which turned turbulent two days ago, is said to be calmer after the cyclone slowly started moving towards Machilipatnam. Earlier in the day, the panic-stricken family members of missing fishermen began running from pillar to post seeking help to save the lives of their dear ones. Curiously, the


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