A fisherman sustained minor injuries on Wednesday morning when foreigners sailing in two yachts, 30 nautical miles South west of Great Basses in Kirinda, fired at a group of fisherman who approached the yachts, ignoring the warnings given by the foreigners not to come near.
`One of the bullets had struck the victims arm Navy Spokesman Commander D. K. P. Dassanayake said.
The fishermen were brought ashore by the Navy in two boats after they were informed of the incident by the fishermen via their radio communications.
`The wounded man was taken aboard Navy s Offshore Petrol Vessel `Sayura` and treated before being handed over to the Galle Habour Police,` Dassanayake said.
According to Dassanayake, one of the yachts was occupied by a German couple and the other by a Brazilian and a German. They were heading to Cochin from Galle when the incident occurred around 11.30 a.m.
Five fisherman, who left the Devinuwara Fisheries Harbour in a mechanised fishing boat to the deep seas, had spotted the two yachts and attempted to go near them mistaking the warnings given by those sailing in them not to come near, to be a signal inviting them to come near the yachts.
The foreigners have told the Navy that they suspected the fisherman to be sea pirates and fired warning shots.
The injured fisherman was 46 year old S. K. Wimalasena.