The Life Savers of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard rescued a Sri Lankan national on 30th September 2017 whilst drowning at the Galle Face Green seafront. The swift response of Life Savers helped to save the life of this person who is suspected to be a drunkard at the time of rescue. The rescued person is from Uruthirapuram, Kilinochchi and was handed over to the police.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Station Oluvil arrested a fishing trawler with 04 fishermen in possession of one Ocean White Tip Shark (Aprox 22Kg) at Oluvil fisheries Harbour on 30th September 2017.Arrested persons and illegal fishing catch handed over to the Fisheries Inspector-Palamunai for further investigations and legal actions. The White Tip Shark is a protected species under Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No. 2 of 1996.
Coast Guard personnel of Mirissaand Kotapola Police carried out a raid in Kudawella fishery harbor near Tangalle and arrested one suspect with 680g of Cannabis on 30th September 2017. Arrested person with cannabis handed over to Tangalle Police for further investigations/ Legal action.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) actively participated in the international coastal cleanup day programme which was launched from 15th to 22nd September 2017 under the directives of His Excellency the President in collaboration with the government and non-government organizations. The Department of Coastal Conservation and CoastalResources Management, MarineEnvironment Protection Authority and the Divisional Secretariats of relevant areascoordinated the event.In addition to Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Police also actively participated for the event.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) facilitated to successfully conduct a IRB (Inflated Rubber Boat) Driver and Female lifesaving development programme by Life Saving Victoria (LSV) in Australia at Mirissa from 24 to 27 September 2017. This IRB driver & Female Life Saving training is a tailor made capsule programme designed to uplift the knowledge and efficiency of the Life Savers. This initiative started as a combined training between SLCG, Sri Lanka Life Saving (SLLS) in collaboration with LSV since 2015 and this year training capsule specifically focused on Drivers for IRBs and the Female training.
The hatching of baby turtles is a much-awaited event in the ‘egg-enclave’ of the Coast Guard of Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Such was seen on last 27th September amidst a crowd of onlookers as these babies made their maiden way to the sea. On information received earlier, the Coast Guard transferred 148 eggs from Kamburupitiya (about 5 Km from Mirissa along the beach) to the Mirissa Life Saving Point and buried in this safe shelter until they are ready to hatch. This step was taken as sea turtle egg that lay unattended on the beaches constantly face threats by human activities.
On invitation received from the Ship building Research Centre of Japan, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge and Director Engineering of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Commodore CH Hewa Gajamange visited Sumidagawa Shipyard Company Ltd in Japan on 15th September 2017 to inspect the 02 patrol vessels being constructed at the Shipyard. The project is a grant extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) based on the Grant Agreement signed by the Sri Lanka Government and JICA on 30th June 2016. During the visit, the Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard focused his attention on the feasibility of further improvement of the design which is well suited to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard requirement.