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Sri Lanka Coast Guard celebrates 8th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Coast Guard celebrates 8th Anniversary

[March 05 2018]

 

The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) celebrated its 8th Anniversary on Sunday (04th March). The Coast Guard Act No. 41 of 2009 was enacted by the Parliament on 09th July 2009 to incorporate the Department of Coast Guard. Its operational activities were ceremonially inaugurated on 4th March 2010.

The Sri Lanka Coast Guard functions under the Ministry of Defence. It is a law enforcement agency at sea. SLCG has been empowered with legal authority to search and arrest ships, craft and personnel engaged in illegal activities in maritime zones of Sri Lanka and constitute legal proceedings against the offenders.

The Coast Guard operates a number of lifesaving stations around the country. Since saving the life of a Korean tourist at the popular Mirissa beach in December 2009, SLCG lifeguards have saved more than 975 lives till now. It is also in the forefront in marine pollution control and routinely conducts oil spill management exercises. It ensures the security, safety and serenity of the maritime environment whilst enforcing law at sea. Sri Lanka Coast Guard is further committed towards the sustainable management and development of marines resources. Its sea turtle hatchery programme has seen hundreds of turtle hatchlings being released to sea.

Several sporting events were held by the SLCG in view of its anniversary celebrations at its Headquarters in Mirissa, Weligama.

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