The navy had been deployed to locate a group of fishermen reported missing at sea and ships passing the area the fishermen were last seen had also been informed.
Navy spokesman Captain Akram Alavi told the Colombo Gazette that two navy boats were deployed to the area.
The five fishermen have been reported missing after their fishing boat, which set out to sea from Galle, collided with a ship at mid sea.
The police said that six fishermen were on the boat and one fishermen had managed to make his way to the shore. (Colombo Gazette)