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Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Samudura brought all the 73 stranded Sri Lankans ashore safely today.

On the direction of the Navy, a merchant vessel heading for Singapore had rescued them 290 nautical miles south east of Galle around noon on 24th.

 The Navy alerted the merchant vessels in the area for the rescue, having received information on the incident from the Police.

Responding to the Navy’s request the Singapore-bound merchant vessel “Fairchem Sabre” deviated from her course and reached the overcrowded multi-day trawler in distress due to an engine failure, sailing additional 09 hours of the scheduled passage.

The crew of the Panama-flagged vessel under Ship’s Captain Dewaki Nandan Edupuganti’s directions managed to take all the passengers onboard ensuring their safety during the mid-sea transfer despite rough seas.

Sri Lanka Navy dispatched SLNS Samudura along with a medical team to take over the rescued persons from the merchant vessel and bring them ashore.
Among the rescued persons are 46 men, 10 women and 17 children that include 08 boys and 09 girls.

All, who are residents of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, were brought to Galle Harbour this morning by Samudura.

The rescue efforts uphold the conventions on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and fulfill seafarers’ obligations under international maritime laws. Sri Lanka Navy highly appreciates the commendable assistance rendered by Merchant Vessel, “Fairchem Sabre” for the rescue. If not for SLN and Merchant Vessel’s prompt actions those precious lives would have perished in deep sea.

The rescued people have been lured by people smuggling racketeers on this fruitless journey endangering their lives despite the Sri Lankan and Australian Governments‘repeated warnings.(Navy.lk)







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  • Indi Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:34 AM

    Stupid people they don't realize that their lives are worth more than anything else.

    MagodisThuma Friday, 26 July 2013 01:54 PM

    When'll this Australian dream ends ?

    Rohith Friday, 26 July 2013 01:58 PM

    These foolish people have still not got the message. They will never be settled in Australia, EVER ! Their only hope is Papua new Guinea (PNG) if at all. Australia changed their immigration policies last Friday. Now everyone will be sent home.

    Diwidhu Friday, 26 July 2013 02:22 PM

    - they are from Gall? Are the Tamils or what? can be from any country? but not refugees for sure?


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