Nine persons drowned while 11 others were rescued in the mishap that occurred mid-sea off Manapadu beach in Tuticorin yesterday, an official release said.
Those rescued were admitted to various private and government hospitals, it said.
Expressing condolences, Palaniswami said Rs 50,000 would be given to those injured from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
On taking up relief and rescue operations, the release said the chief minister has directed the Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur S Raju to monitor the process.
Medical officers in the region have been directed to provide best treatment to the injured, the release added.