June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy arrested five fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
Naval personnel attached to a Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested five Indian poachers along with a fishing trawler engaged in illegal fishing practices in Sri Lankan territorial waters west of Delft Island Sunday morning (June 18).
The arrested fishermen along with their fishing trawler and fishing gear have been brought to the naval base, SLNS Elara in Karainagar and they will be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action, the Navy said.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Navy said it rendered assistance to another Indian fishing trawler in distress in close quarters of the IMBL northwest of Analativu Island, as sea water trickled into the vessel making a panic-stricken situation.
A Fast Attack Craft on patrol was rushed to the scene to control the damage and arrest the flood situation in the Indian trawler. There were 3 Indian fishermen aboard the distressed trawler. After swiftly undertaking repair work to the damaged trawler by the Navy, it was handed over to another Indian trawler close by to be flanked.