Reports state three trawlers went aground off Delft Island and another off Analative Island. The first trawler with four crew on board went aground on December 18 off Delft Island. The four crew were rescued after the vessel was washed ashore in rough seas. On December 19, the Sri Lanka Navy rescued 12 men when their trawlers went aground off Delft Island. Another six were rescued when their trawler went ashore on Analative Island. Authorities report that the trawlers did not carry sonar or safety equipment on board. The vessels just had GPS equipment. The report states the islands are prone to illegal fishing and problems for both India and Sri Lankan governments.
The Indian fishing Trawler TN11MFB211 became disabled off Neduntheevu, Sri Lanka (Delft Island). The trawler’s engine had stalled in rough seas and was adrift. The Sri Lanka Navy spotted the trawler and directed a patrol vessel to the scene. The patrol vessel rendered assistance to the 4 crew of the trawler and took the it under tow. The vessel was delivered to the Indian Coast Guard who towed the vessel back to its home port. No reports of injury or pollution being released.