Sri Lanka Navy rescues 7 members of Indian cargo ship

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2017

Oct 21 Four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Thalaimannar coast in their territorial waters early today, police said.

Upon being informed by the Maldivian government about the ill-fated "Maria Iurudaya", a medium-scale merchant vessel sinking in the seas 68 nautical miles South of the Galle lighthouse, the Navy Headquarters alerted all merchant ships sailing in that area as well as SLN ships and craft patrolling in the to render assistance. The Fast Attack Craft P490 was dispatched immediately to the location for the rescue.

"All seven Indian sailors are in good health and arrangements have been made to hand them over to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka for repatriation", the navy said in a statement.

Fishermen leaders have expressed dismay over the failure of the third meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group (JWG) and the ministerial meeting that followed to work out a time frame for the release of fishermen and more than 130 trawlers detained in Sri Lanka and to end bottom trawling in the Palk Bay.

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