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Navy vessel deployed to assist Lankan trawlers drifting towards Indonesia to avoid cyclone Amphan

A Special Navy vessel was deployed on May 21st to assist Lankan multi-day fishing trawlers that had drifted from the island nation's shores into Indonesia’s seas during the stormy weather in Bay of Bengal, Sri Lankan media reports quoting the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.

The decision to send a Sri Lankan Navy ship to assist about 30 fishing boats with about 180 fishermen onboard was taken on the advice of the President.

Around 30 fishing boats following the directions given by the radio communication have sailed towards Indonesia and avoided the storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal.

The fishing vessels were staying near Indonesia's Exclusive economic zone, about 200 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast and since the weather turned favourable, they have set sail yesterday to return to Sri Lanka.

Around 180 fishermen, from Galle and Hambanthota districts, were on board and they are sailing safely.

Several vessels carrying fuel have already been dispatched from Kudawella harbour to supply additional fuel for the boats if needed.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said that if the sea conditions improved, all the vessels could safely return within a few days.

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