July 10, Colombo: The seven missing fishermen who left on a multi-day fishing trawler from Galle Harbor nearly a month ago for fishing and disappeared, have been found near the Maldives islands.
Acting Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said that Maldivian Coast Guard officials have informed the ministry that the fishermen have been rescued.
The seven Sri Lankan fishermen and their multi-day boat were found this afternoon near an island about 48 nautical miles from the Maldives.
The Sindur-2 fishing vessel and the seven fishermen left Galle harbor on 14 June and their last communication with land was on 29 June.
As soon as officials learned about the disappearance, Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka Navy and Fisheries Ministry launched a joint effort to locate the fishermen. Assistance from India and the Maldivian authorities was also obtained in this effort.
Arrangements have been made to send a Maldivian vessel to bring the seven fishermen, who were found this afternoon, to the land. It will take another day to bring the fishermen to the shore.