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Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 19:29
Rescued Indian crew handed over to High Commission (Photos)
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The seven Indian crew members who were rescued and taken to Galle by Sri Lanka Navy were handed over to the Indian High Commission officials today (21).

Sri Lanka Navy rescued the 07-member India crew from a Maldives-bound Indian Merchant Vessel, which had sunk in the seas South of Sri Lanka due to a mechanical fault.

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 alerted all merchant ships sailing in that area as well as SLN ships and craft patrolling in the to render assistance.

Subsequently, the Navy was informed of a drifting life-boat with the crew onboard by a multi-day fishing trawler named “Sahan Putha’. The Fast Attack Craft P490 was 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. Sri Lanka Navy said that all seven Indian crew was in good health.

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