Indian Coast Guard repatriated 126 Indian fishermen today who were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy for fishing in Sri Lankan waters. On approval of Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Coast Guard deployed two ships for repatriation from two different places, viz Kankesanthurai and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. Indian Coast Guard advanced offshore patrol vessel "Sagar" took over 78 released Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan Naval/Coast Guard vessels at IMBL off Kankesanthurai and brought to Karaikal. The other Coast Guard ship "Rajkamal" took over 48 released Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan Naval/Coast Guard vessels at IMBL off Thalaimannar and brought to Rameshwaram.
Considering the eagerness of Indian fishermen returning back to India, the Indian Coast Guard swiftly undertook repatriation despite inclement weather and safely handed over all 126 fishermen to AD (Fisheries) Rameshwaram and Karaikal.All fishermen reported to be healthy. Coast Guard ships provided all required assistance to repatriated fishermen. It may be noted that Indian fishermen have been regularly advised by the Indian Coast Guard not to cross IMBL for the sake of their own safety and welfare and also not to indulge in any kind of illegal activities.