Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in cooperation with Indian High Commission in Colombo, brought ashore a fishing trawler drifted to the Indian waters along with 02 fishermen aboard, on 13th January 2021.
The one-day trawler which left for fishing from Gurunagar, Jaffna on 12th January 2021 for fishing had experienced an engine failure and carried away towards Indian seas.
Initiating swift action to find the missing trawler in response to request for assistance by the Jaffna District Secretariat, through Disaster Management Centre and Office of the Chief of Defense Staff, to locate the trawler, the Navy has dispatched SLNS Jayasagara to the Kachchativu sea area where the trawler had been ventured for fishing.
Consequently, the search and rescue operation carried out by SLNS Jayasagara Naval Ship discovered the fishing vessel that had drifted to the Indian waters crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), due to an engine failure.
Incidentally, Sri Lanka Navy, with the assistance of Indian High Commission in Colombo, sent off SLNS Jayasagara to Indian waters to fetch the distressed fishing trawler and 02 fishermen aboard.
Upon being towed to Sri Lankan waters, the distressed trawler along with its crew members were handed over to its owner by the Navy.
The search and rescue operation was conducted adhering to health and security guidelines due to COVID-19 concerns.