Coast Guard celebrates 9th anniversary
[March 08 2019]
anniversary of the Sri Lanka
Coast Guard fell on Monday (04
March). Anniversary celebrations
saw a series of social welfare,
sports and other events being
held at the SLCG Headquarters in
Mirissa and also at its Rear
Headquarters in Wellawatte,
Established under The Coast Guard Act No. 41 of 2009
and enacted by the Parliament on 09th July 2009, the Sri Lanka Coast
Guard Department ceremonially began its operations on 04th March 2010.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard functions under the Ministry of Defence.
Operating with the motto "Safe, Secure and Serene
Seas", the Coast Guard is a law enforcement agency at sea empowered with
legal authority to search and arrest ships, craft and personnel engaged
in illegal activities in maritime zones of Sri Lanka and constitute
legal proceedings against the offenders.
The Coast Guard also plays a pivotal role in marine
pollution control, oil spill management and sustainable management and
development of marine resources.
SLCG lifesaving stations have been established at a
number of popular beaches around the island and so far Coast Guard
lifesavers have managed to save the lives of 1248 people, both local and
foreigners till the beginning of this month (01st March 2019). Its sea
turtle hatchery project has seen hundreds of turtle hatchlings being
released at sea.