KARACHI – Three personnel of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) were martyred on Tuesday after their launch sank within Pakistani territorial waters off Indian state of Gujarat.

The tragic incident took place while PMSA vessel, MSS Wahdat, was engaged in an operation against Indian fishing boats allegedly entering into Pakistani waters. There were six PMSA personnel aboard the ship.

According to scant details available, the PMSA ship collided with Indian boats, while taking them to Karachi, some 70 nautical miles off Jakhau port in Indian state of Gujarat.

An Indian fishing trawler, identified as ‘Mehnoor’, too got damaged and suffered a breakdown but Pakistani forces suffered the real loss as three out of six marines drowned.

The joint rescue operation saved lives of two PMSA personnel, while another marine went missing.

The bodies of martyred men were also retrieved.