Sunday, August 26, 2007
Six Sri Lankan fishermen, who went for fishing from Tangalle fisheries harbour last month, were rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy, when the fishermen’s trawler was broken in high seas off Batticaloa. Navy said that the multi-day trawler with fishermen on board left the Tangalle fisheries harbour on July 8. After few weeks in the sea the vessel developed difficulties in the sea off Batticaloa.
SLNS ShakthiThe Sri Lanka Navy Eastern Command launched a search and rescue operation to save the fishing craft and naval vessel SLNS Shakthi located the trawler on the 23rd around 640 kilometers East of Trincomalee. The disabled vessel was towed by the Navy but due to the prevailing rough seas and the weak hull resulting in the seepage of water, towing the craft any further was not feasible, it said. Later the six fishermen were handed over to the Navy Eastern Command.