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Indian Navy rescues hijacked Sri Lankan fishing vessel with six crew members, three pirates surrender
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Indian Navy rescues hijacked Sri Lankan fishing vessel with six crew members, three pirates surrender

| @indiablooms | 30 Jan 2024, 07:19 pm

The Indian Navy conducted a joint operation with Seychelles Defence Forces and Sri Lanka Navy and rescued a hijacked vessel along with six fishermen on Monday.

"A hijacking incident was reported onboard the Sri Lankan flagged multiday fishing trawler LORENZO PUTHA 04 about 955 nm east of Mogadishu, Somalia. Three pirates had boarded and hijacked the fishing trawler on 27 Jan 24," read a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence.

The Ministry said the Indian Navy deployed INS Sharda ex Kochi PM 28 Jan and also tasked HALE Sea Guardian to locate and intercept the hijacked fishing vessel.

"Additionally, efficient operational coordination and Information Sharing through the Sri Lanka and Seychelles International Liaison Officers at IFC IOR, New Delhi resulted in the interception of the hijacked fishing vessel by SCGS Topaz in Seychelles EEZ on 29 Jan 24," the statement said.

The three pirates surrendered to the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG).

"All six crew members are safe and the vessel is being escorted to Mahe, Seychelles," the Indian Ministry of Defence said.

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