Two dead, four rescued

Two people drowned while four others were rescued in three different incidents at sea today, the police media unit said.

Four divers who had gone missing last morning in Mount Lavinia were rescued by fishermen and the navy today.

The Navy launched an extensive Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) in the seas off Panadura for the rescue of the divers which included a French national.

Eight Dvora craft and a 10-member SLN diving team were in deployment on the SAR operation. The 35-year old Diving Instructor, Olivenzo Arnold, who had been leading the diving group had been the first to be rescued. Others, who were equipped with safety equipment, had also been rescued by a near-by fishing vessel.

The group had gone for the diving expedition from Mount Lavinia in a rented Fiber Glass Dingy yesterday. After one and half hours of diving, they had surfaced near a ship wreck off Panadura where they were caught up in a strong current and carried away.

Meanwhile the body of a novice monk who had gone for a swim in Panadura was found today while another man who went for a swim in Ambalangoda had also drowned.