Indian fisher missing in collision with SLN craft
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) rescued two poaching Indian fishermen aboard a distressed fishing boat on Sri Lankan waters across the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) northwest of the Kovilan Lighthouse on Monday (18) evening, SLN said on Tuesday (19). The incident took place when SLN units on patrol were chasing away Indian fishing trawlers poaching on Sri Lankan waters via the IMBL on Monday evening, SLN said.
However, one of the Indian fishing trawlers, made aggressive manoeuvres, resulting in a collision with a SLN craft, following which the trawler lost its stability and started sinking. Springing into action, the Navy quickly rescued two fishermen aboard the capsizing vessel. Search and rescue operations are on-going to trace another Indian fisherman who is said to have been on the sunken vessel.
The search and rescue operation is being augmented by a team of Navy divers, fast attack craft and inshore patrol craft. The SLN’s fast attack craft that was damaged in the collision has been brought to the Kankesanthurai Harbour for repairs. The incident has been reported to the Indian authorities and further investigation into the incident is currently underway, SLN said.