Aug 10, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka navy has brought home 11 Sri Lankan fishermen released from Indian custody along with two fishing boats on Wednesday (08).
Officers of the Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajshree have handed over the 11 Sri Lankan fishermen and their two multi-day fishing trawlers to Sri Lankan naval personnel at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai.
A Naval Vessel attached to the Northern Naval Command and a Coast Guard vessel have brought the fishermen and the boats to Kankasanthurai harbor.
The two trawlers, 'Nathasha Duwa' with six fishermen and Deshakthi Kaveesha-02 with five have left Chilaw and Trincomalee for fishing in the northern sea. Indian authorities have arrested them when they have violated maritime laws and entered into Indian waters.
The Navy said repatriation of Sri Lankan fishermen and the fishing boats comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.