Dec 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, on two separate occasions, has come to the rescue of 18 Indian fishermen who were in distress after their trawlers ran aground while poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters of the Northern seas.
The Navy said its personnel attached to SLNS Wasamba of the Northern Naval Command rescued 12 Indian fishermen when their trawlers were run aground in the seas off Delft Island on December 19th.
Naval personnel attached to SLNS Elara of the same Command has rescued 6 Indian fishermen in a trawler run aground in the seas off Analative Island on the same day.
The Navy has rescued the fishermen in distress and provided them food and medical assistance after bringing them to safety.
In a previous occasion on December 18th, the SLNS Wasamba has rescued 4 Indian fishermen whose boat had run aground off the coast of Delft Island.
The boat with the fishermen onboard was drifted ashore being caught in the rough sea conditions, the Navy said. It had run aground and been partly sunk when the Navy promptly arrived on the scene and rescued the lives of the fishermen.
The Sri Lankan navy says it has come to the aid of Indian fishermen on several occasions despite the Indian fishermen’s claims of attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy.