Katukurunda boat tragedy: Skipper arrested

24 February 2017 11:02 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The skipper of the boat which capsized off the coast of Kaluthara a week ago was taken into custody today, Police said.

The accident which took place near Katukurunda due to over-crowding of the boat left 16 dead and 20 injured.   

The suspect, Punchihewage Dinesh Ruwan Kumara (24) a resident of Bogolla, Kaluthara was the skipper of the boat when the tragedy occurred.

It was reported that the boat was among several vessels which left for Kalutara from the Beruwala Fisheries Harbour for a religious ceremony.

The suspect is to be produced before the Kaluthara Magistrate today. Kaluthara -South Police are conducting further investigations. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


  Comments - 3

  • JAN Friday, 24 February 2017 04:55 PM

    Boat Skipper he is just a fisherman not a Snippet Remember that via DM Android App

    Ajja Friday, 24 February 2017 05:39 PM

    Pointless blaming this fellow after the tragic incident,The government should enforce safety regulations to boat people ..maximum number of people to travel,enforcing and educating passengers to wearing of safety jackets etc...

    seqi Sunday, 26 February 2017 07:29 AM

    better to educate people to a level of common sense via DM Android App

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