The number of persons rescued from drowning since the establishment of the Sri Lanka Coastguard (SLCG) Life Saving Unit 13 years ago passed the 1,750th mark on Monday (19), SLCG said.
This was after SLCG rescued four foreigners from drowning off the coast of Mirissa, Matara on Monday, increasing the number of rescued to 1,753; it said. The rescued on Monday comprised two boys from France aged 10 and seven and a woman (30) and a man (34) from the UK, respectively.
Since the establishment of its life saving unit in 2009 after the end of the war, the SLCG has rescued a total of 1,753 persons including 756 foreigners. The SLCG, an adjunct of the Sri Lanka Navy, functions under the Defence Ministry.