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Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 12:09
Updated: Sri Lanka Navy rescues Indian crew from sinking ship
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A ship en-route to Maldives from India has sunk off the seas of Galle.

Sri Lanka navy said that the merchant vessel had developed a mechanical fault and then the crew had alerted the authorities.

Upon being informed by the Maldivian government about the ill-fated ‘Maria Iurudaya’, a medium-scale merchant vessel sinking in the seas 68 nautical miles south of the Galle lighthouse, the Navy Headquarters had alerted all merchant ships plying in that area as well as SLN ships/craft patrolling in the southern seas to render assistance.

Subsequently, the Sri Lanka Navy was informed of a drifting life-craft with sailors on board by a multi-day fishing trawler named “Sahan Putha’.

The Fast Attack Craft P490 had been dispatched immediately to the location for the rescue.

The Indian crew in distress was rescued accordingly and brought safely to the Galle Harbour this morning (21).

Sri Lanka Navy said that all seven Indian sailors are in good health and arrangements have been made to hand them over to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka for repatriation.

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