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Indian Coast Guard repatriates six fishermen from Sri Lanka

Indian Coast Guard repatriates six fishermen from Sri Lanka
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The missing fishing boat, Fahima Faheda along with six Indian fishermen of Andaman and Nicobar islands was repatriated from Sri Lanka by Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Rani Durgavati at International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). All crew members were medically checked and are reported to be stable. 

Hyderabad: The missing fishing boat, Fahima Faheda along with six Indian fishermen of Andaman and Nicobar islands was repatriated from Sri Lanka by Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Rani Durgavati at International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). All crew members were medically checked and are reported to be stable.

According to Coast Guard authorities, after one of the crew members called his relatives on January 5 from Sri Lanka, the Indian Coast Guard in coordination with Indian High Commission at Colombo planned for a repatriation and return of boat from Sri Lankan Navy.

The boat was brought by Sri Lankan Navy to the International Boundary, where it was handed over to Indian Coast Guard ship Ameya on January 9. The boat and the crew were brought to Karaikal Port in Puducherry. The boat which sailed from South Andaman on November 27 got trapped into cyclone ‘vardah’ and ad-rifted from original course.

The boat will be under the custody and care of Karaikal fisheries authority till the owners make arrangement to take it to their base port at Port Blair post repairs.

The Port Blair fisheries administration has deputed two fisheries representatives for making necessary arrangements for repair and planning further passage to Port Blair. During the year 2016, coast guard ships had repatriated a total of 288 fishermen from Sri Lankan authorities.

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