7 more fishermen land on Sri Lankan shores

26 December 2011 04:15 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Seven more Tamil Nadu fishermen have landed on Sri Lankan shores, taking to 29 the total number of people who have ended up in north Sri Lanka during the Christmas week.

“The fishermen were in a boat that suffered engine failure on December 24. The Sri Lankan Navy rescued them and they were handed over to the Point Pedro police,” one official said. “There was no fish in their boat, suggesting that this is a genuine case of engine failure,” the official added.

In another instance, the Sri Lankan Navy said that one fishermen was rescued from a boat that had run aground in the Sri Lankan waters, north-east of Delft island on December 24.

“He was brought ashore safely and handed over to the law enforcement authorities for legal formalities…The boat had left the Jagathapatnam fishery harbour on December 22. It ran aground whilst poaching in the Sri Lankan waters closer to the rocky shoreline off Delft. The propeller shaft of the boat was damaged due to the impact of hitting the rocks in the rough seas. Sri Lankan Navy personnel retrieved the damaged boat and effected repairs having brought it ashore,” the Navy said.

The seven fishermen have joined 22 others, who await repatriation in Jaffna. The 22 others were reportedly fishing in the Sri Lankan waters when their boats got entangled amid corals rocks.

Indian officials are working with the Sri Lankan government to secure permission for an Indian tow boat to pull the six ships that have been stuck near the northern islands. (Source: The Hindu)
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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 26 December 2011 07:23 AM

    More and more cases of poachers from Tamil Nadu adding to the woes of the Sri Lankan fishermen. We might soon hear of some news item of Jayalalithaa making some noises about ill-treatment of their nationals by Sri Lankan authorities.

    Dalu Banda Monday, 26 December 2011 07:26 AM

    Like Carbon tax, illegal poaching tax should be paid by both government, on mutually agreed price on population weightage basis. (one billion/ 20 million)

    citizen1 Monday, 26 December 2011 05:42 AM

    You don't say!! People are clamouring to migrate here?


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