(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Sri Lanka Navy rendered assistance to a multi-day fishing trawler, Thilak I, with 6 fishermen in distress, in the seas 72 Nm off Great Basses Saturday (20).
The trawler which had gone for fishing on May 07 from the Galle fisheries harbour had experienced an engine failure on 17th and was adrift in the sea.
On receipt of information from the Galle fisheries harbour, the SLN Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Jayasagara was directed to assist the fishing trawler and fishermen in distress. Upon reaching the distressed trawler, the Naval personnel looked into the basic needs such as food and drinking water, of the fishermen on-board. Thereupon the defective fishing trawler was towed ashore by SLNS Jayasagara and handed over to another multiday fishing trawler about 1 NM off from the port of Hambantota, to be flanked ashore.