Maldives rescues missing Sri Lanka fishermen

Maldives coast guard Wednesday located the adrift Sri Lanka fishing vessel since late December and rescued the four member crew.

Sri Lanka government had officially enlisted the assistance of the Maldives coast guard after the fishermen went missing shortly after departing the neighbouring country of December 24.

Two stranded Sri Lankan fishermen were rescued by the Maldivian coastguard after some local fishermen spotted them last week.

Maldives coast guard in a statement said the adrift vessel was found 153 miles off the coast of Haa Dhaal Atoll Maknunudhoo island in the wee hours of Thursday morning. One of the four crew members found on-board was reportedly weak from the ordeal.

The statement said the coast guard is now transporting the rescued fishermen to Haa Dhaal Atoll Kulhudhuffushi island. The vessel is expected to reach the island around 11pm Thursday, coast guard said.