Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Lifesavers attached to lifesaving post at Nilaweli in Eastern region rescued seven foreigners with the help of Police Lifesavers while drowning at Nilaweli beach at 0940 hours on 23rd September 2018. The victims were one male and six females from USA and India. A five year old girl was also among them and others were between 26 to 54 years old. The quick response of lifesavers into the incident enabled saving of valuable lives of seven tourists, and rescued persons were handed over to their relatives. This rescue marked the 1114th life rescue of SLCG todate by accomplishing the SLCG Lifesaving motto “We Save Lives”.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Oil Spill Response Management Team (OSRT) deployed in Coast Guard Eastern Region with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy responded swiftly for an oil spill incident occurred due to capsized fishing boat ‘Dulaj Putha VII’ whilst hoisting by a crane for repair works at the Cod Bay fishery harbour on 11th September 2018. Oil Spill Response Management team managed to contain and recover spilled oil during the operation.
On receipt of the information from Ceylon Petroleum Corporation about the suspected oil spill from a pipeline carrying oil to the Muthurajawela Oil Refinery Complex on 08th September 2018, SLCG deployed oil spill response teams with equipments to Dikowita and Uswetakeyyawa area while two ships which are donated recently by the Japanese Government, Sri Lanka Coast Guard ships ‘Samaraksha’ and ‘Samudra Raksha’ sailed to the suspected area to assess the situation and expedite the cleaning up process.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard received 02 Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) built by the Inshore Patrol Craft Construction Project of Sri Lanka Navy on 07th September 2018 at the official handing over ceremony held at Colombo harbour. The occasion was graced by Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy representing the Commander of the Navy and Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga, Director General of Coast Guard.
The Commissioning ceremony of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samudra Raksha and Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samaraksha, two 30 meter long steel hull Fast Patrol vessels (FPV) donated by the government of Japan under the project for Maritime Safety Capability Improvement in Sri Lanka was held at the Port of Colombo on 29th August 2018. These ships are equipped with many equipment using for fire fighting, oil spill management and law enforcement activities.
Lieutenant Commander MACP Abewardena and Lieutenant Commander KMP Perera took over the command of newly built Fast Patrol vessels (FPV) which was donated by the government of Japan at the Commissioning Ceremony of two FPVs, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samudra Raksha and Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samaraksha, which was held in Port of Colombo on 29th August 2018.
The Life Saving Training School (LSTS) Balapitiya, of Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) conducted five days Basic and Resuscitation level life saving training course to a group of undergraduates of Uva Wellassa University. The course commenced on 20th August and ceremonially terminated on 24th August 2018. It was the third batch of students from the Uva Wellassa University who followed Life Saving training at LSTS, and the batch comprised with 11 male and 06 female students.
Coast Guard personnel attached to the SLNS Mahaweli participated in an environment cleaning programme at Cod Bay fishery harbor area on 11th August 2018 from 0830 hrs to 1030 hrs. 116 No’s of personnel were participated for the campaign including SLCG, SLN, Cod Bay fishery harbor staff and local fishermen. During the cleaning programme managed to collect 02 tractors of waste and 1400 plastic water bottles.
A Mobile Lifesaving Training team of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Life Saving Training School – Balapitiya, conducted a special basic lifesaving training programme for 100 Army personnel attached to Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna from 06th to 18th August 2018 at SLNS Agbo – Madagal, Jaffna.