Navy rescues 59 Tamil Civilians fleeing from LTTE Clutches in the North-eastern Seas
Sri Lanka Navy rescued 59 Tamil civilians who were fleeing from the LTTE clutches in five fiber glass dinghies on the 26th February 2009 in the North-eastern seas. The group consisting of 42 adults (21 males and 21 females) and 17 children was struggling in the perilous sea waving white flags to draw the Navy’s attention when the Naval vessels came to their rescue around 08.30 a.m.
The group was found exhausted and fatigued and was stricken with fear due to the exposure to terror at the hands of a merciless terrorist outfit gone berserk with an imminent defeat.
All were safely brought ashore at the Munai beach area and provided with much-needed food and refreshments. Those who were found sick and weary were provided with immediate treatment by the Naval medical personnel.
The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Navy for the warm hospitality and care extended to them by the friendly naval personnel. They claimed that they feel indeed lucky to have been able to escape from the terror reigning un-cleared areas.
Sri Lanka Navy has made special arrangements to assist innocent Tamil civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment for this humanitarian assistance mission in the North-eastern seas.