Five Sri Lankan fishermen were handed over to Sri Lanka Coast Guard by Indian Coast Guard on 15th May 2018.Indian Coast Guard ship ICG Imeya and Sri Lanka Coast Guard Fast Patrol Boat CG 402 engaged in repatriation operation and all fishermen were handed over to Fishery Inspector of Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources at Kankasanthurei.Fishermen were taken in to custody by Indian Coast Guard on 12th March 2018 with boat (IMUL-A-0450 TLE) while engage in fishing in Indian waters approximately 53 NM from Point Calimere.
Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard arrive Sri Lanka on 8th May 2018 on an official visit. During his visit he participated to 3rd High Level Meeting between Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard which was held on 9th May 2018 at Light House Galley in Colombo. Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard and Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard headed two delegations at the meeting. Meeting was conducted in a friendly environment and many issues related to fishermen, security, capacity building, cooperation, sharing of information, and participation in bi/multi lateral exercises, were discussed at the meeting.
Coast Guard personnel performing Fishing Monitoring Duties at Oluvil fishery harbour arrested 01 multiday fishing trawler named ‘Nathaliya’ and 05 crew members along with 10 kgs of Ocean White Tip Shark on 19th April 2018. Arrested persons, illegal fishing catch and trawler handed over to the fisheries development officer Oluvil for further investigations and legal actions.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard lifesavers proved their capability and excellence by saving 1000 lives since its inception in 2009. SLCG passed this mile stone on 17th April 2018 when lifesavers attached to Hikkaduwa lifesaving post rescued three Sri Lankan youths in the age of 19 to 21 years who are from Veyangoda, Pasyala and Yakkala area.
The newly constructed General Mess, Main Galley and the Victualling Stores at Sri Lanka Coast Guard Station ‘Kirinda’ was declared open on 12th April 2018 by the Director General Coast Guard, RAdm GDAS Wimalathunge on the invitation of Commanding Officer SLCG Rohana Commander SR Roopasena. The building was constructed to uplift the living standards of the Coast Guard personnel and was a long felt need.