Navy rescues ‘Asela Putha II’ lost in Maldivian waters

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 10 2022
News Navy rescues ‘Asela Putha II’ lost in Maldivian waters

Sri Lanka Navy coordinated arrangements to bring ashore five fishermen, rescued by MV LGC Periklis (IMO 9796171), to Galle Harbour. The fishermen were in distress as their multiday fishing trawler ‘Asela Putha II’ had capsized due to adverse weather in seas south-western of Sri Lanka. Having transferred the fishermen ashore, the Navy rushed them to Karapitiya Hospital for medical attention on Saturday (8). 

‘Asela Putha II’ left the Beruwala Fishery Harbour for fishing on 4 November 2021, with six fishermen. As there was no information about this fishing trawler after 1 January 2022, the Beruwala Police and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources turned to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Colombo) at the Navy Headquarters for assistance on 4 and 5 January, to inquire whether the boat was in any danger. Promptly responding to the request for assistance, the Navy alerted the MRCCs in India and Maldives to watch over the missing Sri Lankan multiday fishing trawler.

Meanwhile, the Captain of the MV  LGC Periklis (IMO 9796171) sailing to the Port Blair of India via Maldivian waters off the south-western coast of Sri Lanka, disseminated a message to the MRCC Colombo about the distressed Sri Lankan fishing trawler ‘Asela Putha II’ in the morning of 7 January. The ship’s Captain further indicated that five fishermen of the local fishing trawler, which had capsized due to adverse weather in Maldivian waters about 332 nautical miles (about 614 km) south-west of Galle, has been rescued and being brought back to Galle and that one fisherman is missing in the accident.

Accordingly, the rescued fishermen were brought to Galle by MV LGC Periklis where P 107 Coastal Patrol Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command transferred them ashore in accordance with Covid-19 protocols. The fishermen were then rushed to Karapitiya Hospital, Galle for medical attention. 

MRCC Colombo requested MRCC Maldives to keep searching for the missing fishermen. The Captain of MV LGC Periklis also informed MRCC Maldives in the same regard, based on information received from the rescued fishermen.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 10 2022

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