Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of stranded Tamil Nadu fishermen

Jan 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has rendered its assistance to repatriate 35 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were distressed in rough seas and rescued by the Navy last month.

Sri Lanka Naval Ship Ranadheera, Fast Attack Craft P 465 and Coast Guard Vessel CG 40 assisted the mission to hand over the fishermen and two boats to the Indian Coast Guard Ship Gangadevi in the seas north-west of Delft yesterday (03).

The Sri Lankan Navy rescued 29 Indian fishermen whose fishing trawlers either run aground or damaged due to the cyclonic weather conditions prevailed in the Palk Straits and the Gulf of Mannar last week. Another six fishermen were rescued on December 31.

Responding to a request made by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the Navy has launched extensive search and rescue operations in the northern and eastern seas to rescue the Indian fishermen and it is currently searching for three Indian fishing boats that are still missing with 15 fishermen onboard.

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