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* Sri Lanka naval vessel rescues stranded fishermen
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 10:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy sailors have come to the aid of six fishermen stranded in the deep sea off the East coast yesterday.

The fishermen who left Hambanthota Fisheries harbor on February 25th were drifting in the high seas 500 kilometers east of Batticaloa after their fishing trawler developed a mechanic failure.

Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Samudura has been called on the rescue mission after the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources authorities informed the Navy.

SLNS Samudura located the disabled fishing trawler and towed it to the Trincomalee Fisheries Harbour for repairs this evening.

Sri Lanka Navy performs a multi-faceted role being the first line of defence of the island-nation. Fishery protection and providing assistance to fishermen in times of distress are among its numerous tasks and Naval ships and craft are dispatched accordingly on rescue and search operations in deep seas.

(Picture courtesy of Si Lanka Navy)

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