May 21, Colombo: A special Sri Lanka Navy vessel will be deployed today to assist the multi-day fishing trawlers drifted into Indonesia’s seas during stormy weather in Bay of Bengal, the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department said.
The decision to send a Navy ship to assist about 30 fishing boats with about 180 fishermen onboard has been taken on the advice of the President.
It has been reported that about 30 fishing boats following the directions given by the radio communication have sailed towards Indonesia and avoided the storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal.
The fishing vessels were staying near Indonesia's Exclusive economic zone, about 200 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast and since the weather turned favorable, they have set sail yesterday to return to Sri Lanka coast.
It is reported that about 180 fishermen from Galle and Hambanthota districts are on board and they are sailing safely.
Several vessels carrying fuel have already been dispatched from Kudawella harbor to supply additional fuel for the boats if needed.
The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources states that if the sea conditions improve, all the vessels can safely return within a few days.