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Navy facilities in the repatriation of two local fishermen

Navy facilities the repatriation of two local fishermen

[August 10 2017]

Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the repatriation of two Sri Lankan fishermen arrested by the Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday (09th August), reports Navy media. The two fishermen had been arrested for trespassing into Indian territorial waters.

A Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) fast attack craft received the two local fishermen at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) off Kankesanthurei from the Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Ayush'. Upon being brought to Kankesanthurei the fishermen were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for further action.

The two fishermen who had left the Point Pedro fisheries harbour for fishing activities were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard on 20th May for trespassing into Indian territorial waters.

Recently in a show of goodwill between the two neighbouring countries, Sri Lanka repatriated 77 Indian fishermen who were in custody for poaching in the country's territorial waters on 03rd August.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy personnel had assisted six (06) local fishermen in distress in the seas 240nm off the Southern coast. Responding to a distress call, Navy's ship SLNS Sagara braving rough seas conditions safely brought the six fishermen to the Hambantota harbour on Wednesday (09th August). The fishermen had ventured out to sea onboard the trawler 'Dinu Putha' from Hambantota on 21st July.

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