At daybreak, a gale broke upon the scene. It viciously unmoored the boat, flinging it in the vortex of seething mass of water where it thrashed around for a while. Then, listing on one side, it lurched away beyond sight before the storm blew over.
Port Police, when summoned, arrived at full pelt. They rescued the boat and the haul of hilsa from under its bilge.
The fisherboy, still fast asleep, floated back hours later to exactly where the boat had stood tethered, bobbing.