Sri Lanka Navy brought ashore a fisherman who fell ill while at sea and rushed him to hospital for treatment on 23 August 2022. The fisherman, who was aboard a local multi-day fishing trawler, in the seas about 47 nautical miles (about 87 km) northeast of the Foul Point, Trincomalee, had suddenly fallen ill and was in need of medical attention.
The multi-day fishing trawler ‘Manuki’(Reg. No. IMUL-A-0345 KLT) was on a fishing voyage leaving the Cod Bay Fishery Harbour, Trincomalee on 8th August 2022, with six fishermen. Meanwhile, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, has disseminated the distress information to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Colombo at Navy Headquarters.
In response Sri Lanka Navy sent out the Fast Attack Craft P 4443 of the 04th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla (4 FAF) attached to the Eastern Naval Command to bring the patient for treatment having transferred him to the Navy craft on 23 August amidst rough seas. The patient was brought to the Trincomalee Harbour administering first aid and subsequently rushed to the General Hospital, Trincomalee for further treatment.
The Navy is prepared to respond to eventualities of this nature, with a view to assist naval and fishing communities in distress in Sri Lanka’s Search and Rescue Region, the Navy said.