The boat owner Pullani said that the fishermen inside the boat were safe and that the boat was returning to the shore.
According to the Fishermen's association, the fishermen in the boat went fishing from Mandapam's north coast. While the boat was fishing in the Palk Straits, a Sri Lankan Navy ship passing by collided with it, breaking the upper part of the boat.
The incident caused shock among the fishermen although no losses were reported. (ANI)