Navy assists sick fisherman

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Sri Lanka Navy helped a sick fisherman ashore and rushed him for treatment. The fisherman who was aboard a local multiday fishing trawler, off the eastern coast, had suddenly fallen ill and was in need of medical attention.

The multiday fishing trawler ‘Sindur 04’ left the Trincomalee fisheries harbour on 2 May. The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources relayed the information regarding the sick fisherman to Navy Headquarters’ operations room.

In response, Sri Lanka Navy sent out the Fast Gun Boat, SLNS Ranarisi, attached to the Eastern Naval Command to bring the sick fisherman ashore for treatment. Having secured the patient in seas about 18 nautical miles (about 33 km) off Valaichchenai, Batticaloa, SLNS Ranarisi transferred him close to the Valaichchenai fisheries harbour and a small craft of Sri Lanka Coast Guard brought him ashore and rushed him to the Valaichchenai Base Hospital for onward medical attention.