Multipronged effort to get hijacked trawler released
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department Director General Susantha Kahawatta said his department along with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Sri Lanka Navy are making efforts to get the crew of the fishing trawler that was hijacked by Somali pirates released.
On Saturday it was reported that the ‘Lorenzo Putha 4’ multi-day fishing trawler had been seized by Somali pirates, along with six crew members aboard.
The incident had taken place in the Arabian Sea some 1,160 nautical miles away from the Sri Lankan maritime boundary. The ‘Lorenzo Putha 4’ multi-day fishing trawler had set sail from Dikowita fishing harbour in Chilaw on January 12. Kahawatta said other fishermen in the area had confirmed the trawler had been captured by armed pirates.
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