Three trawlers stranded in int’l waters, located

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Untitled-9By Chaturanga Samarawickrama  

Three fishing trawlers were located stranded in the international waters due to engine troubles, the Fisheries Ministry said.  



They said one trawler was later located about 295 nautical miles east of Trincomalee and another two were located about 650 nautical miles south of Galle.  

Another trawler was found 450 kilometres from the Maldives, which was located by a US Navy aircraft (See box). 

The Fisheries Department said the first trawler was in distress due to engine failure and was dragged eastward by the strong currents.   The Fisheries Department said that it had informed the maritime authorities of Indonesia, the Andaman Islands and the Maldives about the stranded trawler.  

The Department said that another boat of the same owner had already left to rescue the broken one.   However, sources said that due to high winds and rough sea, the boats were pulled towards Indonesia.  
Meanwhile, Navy Media Spokesman Commander Dinesh Bandara said they had located the trawler 295 nautical miles east of Trincomalee in the international waters. 

US Navy aircraft locates missing SL vessel

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft had located the missing Sri Lankan fishing vessel yesterday after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy, the US Embassy said yesterday.  


The vessel was located by an aircraft from the Pelicans Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to US 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility on Diego Garcia.  

“As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners become more apparent in such a complex and broad Indo-Pacific region,” Commander Mark E. Zematis, Commander, Patrol Squadron 45, said.  

He said the positive relationship between Sri Lanka and the US allowed the aircrew and maintenance team to effectively launch and assist with the recovery of the missing fishermen. The 40-foot vessel and crew of six went missing on July 8 near Dondra Head. A Sri Lankan Navy ship is headed to the location assisted by the P-8A along with a commercial vessel nearby to render assistance.   The P-8A is the world’s newest, most capable maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and operates regularly throughout the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability.

Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 per cent of the world’s population between 50 to 70 US ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and approximately 20,000 Sailors in the 7th Fleet.