Sept 28, Colombo: Five Sri Lankan fishermen who left on a multi-day fishing trawler from Kudawella Fishery Harbor last month for fishing and disappeared, have been found by the Myanmar Navy in the country's territorial waters.
The fishing vessel 'Nishadi-2' with the five fishermen has left the Kudawella fishery harbor on August 1 for fishing. A few days after the vessel's departure, a mechanical problem in the engine has caused the vessel to malfunction inactivating the communication system.
After the collapse of the communication system, all communications with the Surveillance and Operation unit of Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources had been lost. The unit has alerted all countries in the Indian Ocean Sea about the disappearance of the Sri Lankan fishing vessel.
The vessel was found in the Myanmar waters on the 24th and is now under Myanmar's naval custody.
The Director General of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department, Prasanna Ginige said steps are being taken to bring the fishermen home.