The Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Samudura brought all the 73 stranded Sri Lankans ashore safely today, the Navy media unit said. 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 Wednesday. 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 an additional nine 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.
The 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. (Colombo Gazette)