Sri Lanka Coast Guard celebrates 8th Anniversary
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) celebrated its 8th
Anniversary on Sunday (04th March). The Coast Guard Act No. 41 of 2009
was enacted by the Parliament on 09th July 2009 to incorporate the
Department of Coast Guard. Its operational activities were ceremonially
inaugurated on 4th March 2010.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard functions under the Ministry
of Defence. It is a law enforcement agency at sea. SLCG has been
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 operates a number of lifesaving
stations around the country. Since saving the life of a Korean tourist
at the popular Mirissa beach in December 2009, SLCG lifeguards have
saved more than 975 lives till now. It is also in the forefront in
marine pollution control and routinely conducts oil spill management
exercises. It ensures the security, safety and serenity of the maritime
environment whilst enforcing law at sea. Sri Lanka Coast Guard is
further committed towards the sustainable management and development of
marines resources. Its sea turtle hatchery programme has seen hundreds
of turtle hatchlings being released to sea.
Several sporting events were held by the SLCG in view
of its anniversary celebrations at its Headquarters in Mirissa, Weligama.