Some unknown persons climbed into a boat carrying six scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography off the coast of Udipi, Karnataka, and attempted to take away scientific instruments, NIO sources said today.
All the six scientists are safe, but it is still unclear whether the persons who boarded the boat two days ago took away the instruments or threw them into the sea, the sources said.
The scientists had geophysical survey instruments on their rented boat and were sailing in shallow water when the group came on their own boat. NIO sources declined to speculate whether they were pirates of fishermen.
“Our primary concern was safety of the scientists, and we’ve been busy getting them into a secure area near the New Mangalore port,” Satish Shetye, director of the NIO, Panaji, told The Telegraph.