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Do’s and don’ts: Coast Guard personnel with fishermen at Attangarai near Uchipuli.
Do’s and don’ts: Coast Guard personnel with fishermen at Attangarai near Uchipuli.

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Fisherfolk told about danger of fishing in Sri Lankan waters

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Coast Guard on Thursday issued a stern warning to the fisherfolk that they should not cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

Commandant K. Janardhanan, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station, Mandapam, told The Hindu that the message was being delivered to the people living along the coastal areas of the district. A team of Coast Guard personnel had been deputed for the purpose. The team visited Attangarai, north of Uchipuli, the village of the injured fisherman.

“Major clashes are reportedly taking place between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, especially in Talaimannar and Mannar areas. Fishermen are strictly advised not to go beyond IMBL,” he said.

Mr. Janardhanan said that the recent firing by the Sri Lankan Navy, leading to injury or death of Indian fishermen, must be taken seriously. Fishermen and their families were appraised about dangerous consequences of fishing across the IMBL in Sri Lankan waters.

Dos and Don’ts

Do’s and Don’ts, which needed to be followed by fishermen while at sea for the sake their safety, were also explained.

They were advised not to flee in their boats in mid-sea if approached by the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Sri Lankan Navy for verification of authenticity.

Similarly they were warned not to indulge in any kind of illegal activities of smuggling contraband or banned marine species such as sea cucumbers, sea horses and others.

The fishermen were asked to contact the Coast Guard’s toll-free number 1554 in the event of distress at sea. They should possess safety appliances such as life jackets, lifebuoys and distress alert transmitter at sea.

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