Sri Lanka Navy troops were able to rescue three Somali fishermen onboard a fishing vessel stranded at sea and bring them ashore during a rescue operation on Thursday (05 July). The rescue mission was launched by the Navy after being alerted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of a Somali fishing vessel being lost at sea.
Naval authorities had promptly rushed one their ships ‘SLNS Nandimithra’ with a group of medical personnel for the rescue mission on Wednesday evening. Naval troops were able to reach the stranded fishermen 115 nautical miles off the Galle Lighthouse the next day. The fishermen were given basic medical care and safely brought ashore to the Galle harbor. Later they were handed over to the Galle police.