Navy rushes to rescue fishermen in the Southern seas
[January 11 2018]
Sri Lanka Navy troops were rushed for a rescue mission
on Tuesday night (09th January) after a fishing trawler collided with a
car carrier in the seas off the Southern coast. According to Navy
media, the multi-day fishing trawler "Nadeesha II", which had left for
fishing from the Hikkaduwa fisheries harbor with a crew of seven on
January 01st, had collided with the container carrier "MV GLOVIS
CAPTAIN". The ship, sailing under the Marshal Islands flag had been on
route to the Hambantota Port from Colombo.
The incident had occurred 13 nautical miles off the
Dondra Light House. Navy had immediately rushed two Fast Attack Craft (P
492 and P 480) from the Southern Naval Command to the location upon
being alerted of the incident. Two of the fishermen in the ill-fated
trawler had been rescued by the ship's crew.
Following a search and rescue operation, Naval
personnel were able to rescue another survivor. They also recovered two
bodies as well. The three rescued fishermen and the dead bodies were
swiftly brought ashore to the Galle harbor and transferred to the
Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.
The fishing trawler had been heading home with a body
of a fisherman who had suddenly died due to an illness, when the
unfortunate incident had occurred. Navy personnel are continuing with
the search operations.