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Indian coast guard searches for 300 missing migrants: official

The Indian Coast Guard The Indian Coast Guard is the fourth service created to guard Republic of India's vast coastline. It was created on 18 August, 1978 as an independent entity as per the Coast Guard Act.  said Monday it was searching for around 300 illegal migrants reported missing after abandoning their vessel near a remote island chain in the Bay of Bengal Noun 1. Bay of Bengal - an arm of the Indian Ocean to the east of India
Andaman Sea - part of the Bay of Bengal to the west of the Malay Peninsula

Indian Ocean - the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east

Coastguard officials said 100 people rescued from the drifting vessel had told them that 300 others had jumped into the water to try to swim to shore.

The migrants were from Bangladesh and Myanmar and were trying to get to Thailand, said Kripa Nautiyal, deputy inspector general of the coast guard for the Andaman and Nicobar islands Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ăn`dəmən, nĭk`ōbär), union territory (2001 provisional pop. 356,265), India, in the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair (1991 pop. 74,955), in the Andamans, is the capital. .

"The boat was sailing for over two weeks and it was running short of food and drinking water drinking water

supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g.
 for a couple of days," Nautiyal said.

"It's possible that most of these people are still alive," said Satya Prakash Mishra, commander of the Andamans region coast guard.

The Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar islands comprises a chain of 536 islands in the Indian Ocean This is a list of islands in the Indian Ocean. Eastern Indian Ocean
(East of India)
  • Andaman Islands (India)
  • Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Australia)
  • Christmas Island (Australia)
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)
  • Dirk Hartog Island (Australia)
, of which only 58 are inhabited.
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Date:Dec 29, 2008
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