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Navy rescue operation to locate sunken poaching vessel

The damaged SLN attack craft at the  Kankesenthurai harbour.
The damaged SLN attack craft at the Kankesenthurai harbour.

Sri Lanka Navy launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation in search of a sunken Indian fishing boat and its fishermen, in Sri Lankan waters, about eight nautical miles (15 km) within the IMBL northwest of Delft Island, following a resisting arrest incident that took place in the dark hours on January 18. SLN units on patrol carried out an operation to seize Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters trespassing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), after observing more than 50 trawlers. As the operation was panning out,   one of the Indian fishing trawlers, with aggressive manoeuvres resisting arrest, in an attempt to escape collided with a SLN craft in operation and sank at sea having lost stability. The collision also led to damage to the SLN Fast Attack Craft which was subsequently brought to the Kankesenthurai harbour for repairs. Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters are making aggressive manoeuvres resisting arrest by SLN units time and again.

The Sri Lanka Navy, on a number of early occasions, had informed Indian authorities to make Indian fishermen aware of the vulnerability attached to such acts performed with scant regard. Indian authorities have also been informed of this incident by Sri Lanka Navy and investigations are underway.