Indian coastguard arrest 29 SL fishermen

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The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship, Samudra Prahari apprehended two Sri Lankan trawlers - Holy Cross III and VI along with 29 Lankan nationals in Lakshadweep waters for poaching endangered marine species and sea cucumber on Saturday.

In a swift air-sea coordinated search, these fishing boats were located 18 Nautical Miles (approximately 35 km) west of Chereapani Reef in Lakshadweep islands. Thereafter, both the boats were apprehended by ICGS Samudra Prahari 40 Nautical Miles (approximately 72 km from Chereapani reef) after a hot pursuit.

At 8 pm on October 23, a message was received from the Police Control Room, Kavaratti, through the Coast Guard District Headquarters at Kavarati regarding sighting of two unknown fishing boats by local fishermen off Chereapani Reef.

Immediately, the coast guard vessel on routine patrol in L&M island was diverted for search and located the fishing boats. Simultaneously, the coast guard aircraft was launched from Kochi for air-sea coordinated search on Saturday morning.

After hot pursuit and firing of warning shots both Sri Lankan fishing boats were prevented from fleeing and apprehended off Chereapani Reef. The boats were in possession of approximately 4,000 to 5,000 kg of Sea Cucumber each, an endangered species under the Schedule-I of the Wildlife Act, 1972.

The 29 Lankan poachers were taken into custody. This is the first such poaching incident in 2015 (Indian Express)
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  • Abdul Tuesday, 27 October 2015 02:51 PM

    its amazing to see how india media report this in such a beautiful way. when they arrest sri lankan fishermen its called illegal fishing. when we arrest their fishermen they talk about traditional fishing territory. dont they understand its illegal to enter a foreign territory without proper documents ? yes india you can arrest them! we wont complain like your south indian positions.

    hemal Monday, 26 October 2015 01:01 PM

    when carefully reading the story, there are reasons to doubt that Indian cost Gard came to Sri Lankan waters and arrested these fishermen.

    Cobra Monday, 26 October 2015 08:05 PM

    Tit for tat tug of war goes on!

    Tits for tat Monday, 26 October 2015 09:54 AM

    You catch our thieves and We catch your thieves. Way to go.


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