Fishermen and their families took to the streets in Taiwan Tuesday against what they said was an unfair crackdown on the industry which has been accused of illegal practices and human rights abuses.
The worst floods in a century in Kerala have killed hundreds of people, left dozens missing and about a million sheltering in temporary camps.
The young contestants rose to the challenges, especially against the strong winds and the heavy rains that started to pour on the second day of their sea journey.
News of the rescue comes several days after the arrival in Malaysia of another boat carrying dozens of members of the persecuted minority from Myanmar.
More than 1600 people had been shifted from low-lying areas in and around the city of Surat to safer places, NDTV news channel reported. Rescue and relief teams remained stationed along the coast.
The cyclone brought high-speed winds and heavy rains to the Tamil Nadu and Kerala states on the mainland before moving towards the Lakshadweep archipelago off the south-west coast of India.
"It may take at least one more month before we return to our activities in full swing," an elder member of the country's expatriate fishermen community said.