By APD Writer Easwaran
COLOMBO, Oct. 21 (APD) – The Sri Lankan navy rescued and brought ashore on Saturday a seven member Indian crew of a sinking vessel.
The navy said the seven member Indian crew was taken to the southern town of Galle and they will be repatriated.
The navy rescued the seven member India crew from a Maldives-bound Indian Merchant Vessel which had sunk in the seas south of Sri Lanka due to a mechanical fault.
Upon being informed by the Maldivian Government about the ill-fated medium-scale merchant vessel sinking in the seas 68 nautical miles south of the Galle lighthouse, the Navy Headquarters alerted all merchant ships plying in that area aswell as Sri Lanka navy ships and craft patrolling in the southern seas to render assistance.
Subsequently, the navy was informed of a drifting life-craft with sailors on board by a multi-day fishing trawler.
A fast attack craft was dispatched to the location to rescue the crew. The Indian crew was brought safely to the Galle harbor.
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.
(ASIA PACAFIC DAILY)