Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has safely brought 8 Sri Lankan fishermen released from Indian custody on April 11th to the Kankasanthurai harbor.
Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Vigrahat has handed over the fishermen and five fishing vessels to the naval officials at the Indo-Sri Lanka International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the seas north of Kankasanthurai.
Sri Lanka Naval Ship “Wickrema II” attached to the Northern Naval Command has escorted the fishermen sailing in their boats to the Kankasanthurai harbor this morning.
The early release of these fishermen was secured by the speedy efforts taken by the Sri Lanka Government, Ministry of Fisheries, and Sri Lanka Navy, the Navy said.
So far from last year 100 fishermen and 21 fishing trawlers that were under the Indian custody have been released. According to the ministry all the Sri Lankan fishermen who were released previously have returned to the island.