Sri Lanka Navy releases another five Indian trawlers from custody

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka Navy with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on Wednesday handed over another five Indian fishing trawlers held under its custody, back to India on completion of repair work.

Five Indian fishing trawlers, had been apprehended by Sri Lanka Navy for trespassing and illegal fishing in the Sri Lankan waters.

Prior to the handing over, a group of Indian technicians arrived in Sri Lanka to repair the Indian trawlers anchored at the jetty of SLNS Elara in Karainagar.

After the repairs, the Indian trawlers were handed over to Indian Coast Guard ship Ameya by a craft belongs to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) off Kankasanthurai on Wednesday (23) evening.

Earlier, the Navy with the assistance of the Coast Guard handed over nine Indian trawlers to the Indian Coast Guard ship Ameya on Sunday (20).

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