Sri Lanka Navy assists to send distressed Indian fishermen home

Aug 02, Thalaimannar: Sri Lanka Navy has rescued an Indian fishing trawler that had run aground on the sand banks in the seas off Thalaimannar in the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka.

The Indian fishing trawler with a five-member crew had run aground on Sunday (31) in the sand banks of Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

The Navy had provided divers to set the grounded trawler afloat and provided the Indian fishermen with food and refreshments.

The sailors had escorted the trawler and the fishermen to the Thalaimannar jetty. The Navy had informed the Indian High Commission about the incident and made arrangements for the Indian Coast Guard to take the crew and boat at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

Sri Lanka Naval Ship “Wickrama II” attached to the Northern Naval Command had escorted the fishermen Monday and handed them over to the ICG at the IMBL.

The fishermen had told the Indian media that Sri Lankan Navy has treated them well.

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