Six fishermen drowned and one person was rescued after a mid-sea accident off Galle today.
A fishing trawler had crashed into a ship off Galle and capsized.
A merchant vessel had informed the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) about the accident, about 30 nautical miles off the Galle Lighthouse.
On receipt of this distress call, the Navy deployed a fast attack craft along with a team of Navy divers to the sea area where the incident was reported.
During the search operation the Navy managed to save one fisherman and recovered four bodies while two others were missing.
The fisherman who was rescued was brought to the Galle harbour and rushed to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for further treatment. (Colombo Gazette)