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Seven members of Indian cargo vessel rescued: Sri Lankan Navy

The Sri Lankan Navy has also announced that they had on Friday returned six Indian fishing trawlers to India.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2017 12:32 IST
In this November 2016 photo, Indian fishermen return to harbour in Chennai. In a separate development, four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Thalaimannar coast.
In this November 2016 photo, Indian fishermen return to harbour in Chennai. In a separate development, four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Thalaimannar coast.(AFP)

Seven members of an Indian cargo vessel were on Saturday rescued by Sri Lankan fishermen, according to the spokesperson of the Sri Lankan Navy.

A group of Sri Lankan fishermen had found the Indian cargo vessel heading for the Maldives. They rescued the crew members and handed them over to the Sri Lankan Navy, Navy spokesman Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake said.

The Navy has also announced that they had on Friday returned six Indian fishing trawlers to India. The Navy had seized the trawlers for allegedly poaching illegally in Sri Lankan waters.

Since September this year, Sri Lanka had returned 32 Indian trawlers.

The six trawlers were escorted by the Navy and handed over to the Indian coast guard vessel ‘Rani Gaidinliu’, the Navy said.

In a separate development, four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Thalaimannar coast in their territorial waters, police said.

The police said according to the information received by them, the Lankan naval men arrested the fishermen from Pamban near Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram for poaching in their waters.

They would be produced before the Mannar judicial magistrate court and remanded to judicial custody.