Navy facilities the repatriation of two local fishermen
Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the repatriation of two Sri
Lankan fishermen arrested by the Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday (09th
August), reports Navy media. The two fishermen had been arrested for
trespassing into Indian territorial waters.
A Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) fast attack craft
received the two local fishermen at the International Maritime Boundary Line
(IMBL) off Kankesanthurei from the Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Ayush'. Upon
being brought to Kankesanthurei the fishermen were handed over to the
Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for further action.
The two fishermen who had left the Point Pedro
fisheries harbour for fishing activities were arrested by the Indian
Coast Guard on 20th May for trespassing into Indian territorial waters.
Recently in a show of goodwill between the two
neighbouring countries, Sri Lanka repatriated 77 Indian fishermen who
were in custody for poaching in the country's territorial waters on 03rd
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy personnel had assisted six
(06) local fishermen in distress in the seas 240nm off the Southern
coast. Responding to a distress call, Navy's ship SLNS Sagara braving
rough seas conditions safely brought the six fishermen to the Hambantota
harbour on Wednesday (09th August). The fishermen had ventured out to sea
onboard the trawler 'Dinu Putha' from Hambantota on 21st July.