Sri Lanka Navy Rescues 2167 Tamils Fleeing in 103 Boats

by OldSailor on April 21, 2009

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Sri_Lanka_NavySri Lanka Navy is on special rescue mission in North-eastern seas. On April 20, as the mass exodus of trapped Tamil civilians has started, Sri Lanka Navy rescued 2167 fleeing Tamils in 103 boats.

  • A total of 1965 Tamil civilians in 92 boats were escorted into Point Pedro.
  • Another 202 Tamil civilians in 11 boats were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai.

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.

Here are some photographs, from Sri Lanka Navy.

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Here is a photograph from MOD, Sri Lanka.

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Update: PM April 21

Sri Lanka Navy has rescued so far 3576 Tamils in 175 boats. Read more from Sri Lanka Navy.

Update: PM April 22

So far, Sri Lanka Naval Sea Units have rescued 4703 Tamils fleeing in 221 boats. A total of 4249 Tamils in 195 boats were escorted into Point Pedro while another 454 Tamils in 26 boats were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai. Read more from Sri Lanka Navy.

Update: PM April 23

So far, Sri Lanka Naval Sea Units have rescued 5400 Tamils fleeing in 255 boats. A total of 4846 Tamils in 225 boats were escorted into Point Pedro while another 554 Tamils in 30 boats were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai. Read more and view amazing photographs from Sri Lanka Navy.

Update: PM April 24

So far, Sri Lanka Naval Sea Units have rescued 6987 Tamils fleeing in 281 boats. A total of 4846 Tamils in 225 boats were escorted into Point Pedro while another 2141 Tamils in 56 boats were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai. Read more from Sri Lanka Navy.

Update: PM April 27

So far, Sri Lanka Naval Sea Units have rescued 7516 Tamils fleeing in 282 boats. A total of 4846 Tamils in 225 boats were escorted into Point Pedro while another 2670 Tamils in 57 boats were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai. Read more from Sri Lanka Navy.

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Sheryl January 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Little publicity is given to the Sri Lanka Navy’s amazing rescue operation. I know that one of the escape routes of the Tamil civilians was to move towards the open sea – from various points. When the LTTE got to know these points of exit, they closed it off with increasing the LTTE sentry points and by tightening the Sea Tiger sentry points along Palamatalan and other areas. But I know that Tamil civilians continued to find new routes to reach the safety of the Sri Lanka Navy. Where can I find the total number of boats that reached the Sri Lanka Navy and Tamils rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy – as a chronology or indeed by area. Naval personnel will be blessed for the sacrifices made to end brutal grip of the Tamil tiger terrorism on the country, and for the compassion with which you rescued the Tamil people. The rescued civilians will never forget the compassion extended. Sheryl.

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