The hatching of baby turtles is a much-awaited event in the ‘egg-enclave’ of Coast Guard, Mirissa. Such was seen on last 8th February amidst a crowd of onlookers as these babies made their maiden way to the sea. These baby turtles were hatched from 114 eggs collected on 13th December, 2017 and 137 eggs collected on 14th December, 2017. These eggs were buried in the safe shelter of Mirissa Life Saving Point until they are ready to hatch. This step was taken due to sea turtle eggs that are laid unattended on beaches constantly being threatened by human activities.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Life savers attached to Life Saving Point at Wellawatta rescued a person who was drowning at Wellawatta sea area on 04th February. This 37 years old local from Kalubowila in Colombo had stepped into sea for bathing and swept out by the rough waves. Quickly reacting, Coast Guard Lifesavers went to his rescue and transferred the distressed person safely ashore and handed over to his relatives.
Lifesavers of Sri Lanka Coast Guard attached to Lifesaving Point at Mount Lavinia in the suburbs of Colombo, rescued 3 locals from drowning at Mount Lavinia Sea on 31st Jan. The distressed persons, who were residents in Rajagiriya, Colombo aged 22 to 27, had been swept out by the waves whilst they were bathing in this area. The Coast Guard lifesaving team promptly responded to the emergency situation and safely brought them to shore.
Lifesavers of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) attached to Life Saving Point at Bentota in the South of Sri Lanka, rescued another two locals and four Indian nationals who were drowning at Bentota sea Yesterday (28th Jan). The distressed persons, who were residents in Colombo, had been swept out by the rough waves whilst bathing in this area. Three Indian teenagers and their farther that were also being dragged away by the prevailing sea current were safely brought to the shore by the Coast Guard personnel.
The oil spill recovery mission, launched by SLCG Oil Spill Response Management Team together with the help of Sri Lanka Army, Navy, clean-up teams employed by the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) and Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) continued for five days from 16th January 2018 to 20th January 2018. SLCG Team proudly marked the end of this Tier-3 oil spill recovery mission, by successfully recovering 180,000k litres of contaminated furnace oil from the Cannel.
Coast Guard personnel of CGS Beruwala arrested a 44-year-old fisherman with Dolphin flesh (Approx weight 30kg) on 24th January 2018. Arrested person with Dolphin fish handed over to the Fishery Inspector, Kalutara for further investigations/ Legal action. Dolphins are a protected mammals by law in Sri Lanka and these ignorant fishermen poses a serious threat to the marine life in the Sri Lankan seas.
Coast Guard personnel of SLCG Waruna and the Police Narcotics Bureau, carried out a raid at Mattakkuliya and arrested a 42 years old suspect with 02Kgs of Kerala Cannabis on 23th January 2018. Arrested person along with Kerala Cannabis handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau Colombo 01 for further investigations/ Legal action.
The Life Saving Training School (LSTS) of Sri Lanka Coast Guard conducted a five-day tailor-made Basic and Resuscitation level lifesaving training courses to a group of university students from the Uva Wellassa University. The course commenced on 15th January and ceremonially terminated on 19th January 2018. It was the second batch of students from the Uva Wellassa University who received Life Saving training at LSTS, and the batch included 19 male and one female students. Sri Lanka Coast Guard conducted Basic Lifesaving training to seven male and five female students for the first time in last July 2017 on the request of the University authorities.
Followed by a request from Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal Limited (CPSTL), the oil spill response management team of the Coast Guard was dispatched to Kolonnawa in order to mitigate a furnace oil spillage on 16th January, 2018. The team, specialized to tackle this type of pollutions commenced their activities on site with the clean-up teams employed by the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) together with Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) engaging as the national authority.