Navy rescues two stranded multi-day fishing vessels
Sri Lanka Navy rescued two Sri Lankan multi-day fishing vessels named
'Chejana' and 'Dinujaya' with 11 crew members on board while stranded in
deep seas 160 nautical miles East of Point Pedro and 85 nautical miles
East of Sangamankanda respectively.
One of the rescued vessels
The two fishing vessels had left Trincomalee and Mirissa harbours
respectively to fish in deep seas. Due to prevailing rough seas and bad
weather conditions, the vessels had developed engine trouble and
subsequently started to drift. Sri Lanka Navy was contacted by the
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department and informed of the plight of
the two fishing vessels. As a response Naval ships Sayura and A 521 on
deep sea surveillance were dispatched for assistance and the ships found
the two fishing vessels drifting in deep seas.
Showing professionalism in rescue operations in deep seas even under
bad weather and rough sea conditions, the stranded fishing vessels and
their crew were rescued by the Naval ships.
SLNS Sayura brought 'Chejana' with seven crew on board to Trincomalee
harbour on September 30. The other disabled fishing vessel 'Dinujaya'
with four crew on board is being towed by A 521 and is scheduled to be
brought ashore at Hambantota harbour.