Oct 10, Colombo: A U.S. Navy ship has aided seven distressed Sri Lankan fishermen who were stranded in deep sea after their fishing trawler suffered an engine malfunction.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) was conducting a routine patrol in the waters south of Sri Lanka on Sunday when watch standers sighted a fishing vessel with fishermen on board frantically waving rags in the air, Marine Link reported.
After pulling alongside the fishing vessel in a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB), two of the fishermen were brought onboard Decatur. The fishermen stated that their vessel had experienced engine trouble and was unable to return to shore.
The Decatur crew offered to provide medical and towing assistance, but the fishermen have requested for the ship to contact the Sri Lankan authorities.
Decatur provided food and water to the fishermen while they waited for the arrival of the Sri Lankan Off-Shore Patrol Ship SLNS Jayasagara (P 601) which arrived Monday and towed the stranded vessel back to port.