Foreigners fire on fishermen in Sri Lanka, wounding one

  • 1 Feb 2008 13:53:03 GMT

    Is there an `approved` set of signals .. understood by private yacht owners (and foreign sea-men plying this type craft), and our local fisher-men ? If not, it is time that we had necessary instructions issued, to all concerned.

    (Keep it simple .. Say, a `red` flag rung-up to signify .. `Warning: Do not Approach`, and a `white` flag for .. `Please come-in, we need your help`).

  • 1 Feb 2008 13:58:59 GMT

    My guess is that this was a mistake in communication. sadly our fishermen are from rather poor families and don`t know the proper protocols etc and beleive it or not most of them don`t carry radios or even a compass and maps...

    sad situ for all involved

  • 1 Feb 2008 21:58:33 GMT

    Why did they have to go near the Yachts anyway?

  • 2 Feb 2008 01:26:14 GMT

    [Why did they have to go near the Yachts anyway? ]

    Good question .. I too wondered about this. Were they on converging courses ?

    The two foreign owned yachts were said to be proceeding towards Cochin (having set out from Galle). Were the fishermen returning to Galle .. by chance on a `converging` course with the yachts ?

    (When travelling the wide expanse of sea .. it will be natural for people in small craft to want to `converge`, if only to greet another human being, and then go again their separate ways. On see-ing two small craft our fishermen could well have attempted to move closer, so as to say `hello` .. or out of simple curiosity. There may have been no mischief in their minds. However, I do not blame the `foreigners` not wanting to have anything to do with the fisher-men .. they were obviously not able to make themselves understood. Pity they had to resort to fire-arms, and injure one of the fisher-men. Until proved other-wise, we`d do well to believe in our people).

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  • 2 Feb 2008 14:12:43 GMT

    Magha ! Whether fishermen are Tamil or Sinhalese it is their nature when in deep sea to approach any vessel that puts out a signal.

    Unfortuately the foreigners have misunderstood the gesture.

    Had they minded their own business nothing would have happened.

    I believe this is one of those one off incidents and in the future, any distress call would be misunderstood by the fishermen.

  • 2 Feb 2008 14:52:41 GMT

    The warning shots should`ve enough to send the message across. Guess the fishermen didn`t get it.

    In the future.. if someone is shooting at you, don`t go near them!

  • 2 Feb 2008 15:36:03 GMT

    Fragile elderly couple must have the right for self-defense.

    Minorities or weaker section of any society must have the right to defend itself. Tamils had to take up arms because they were tired of being on the run for 27 years, since 1956 till 1983.

  • 2 Feb 2008 21:39:53 GMT

    Must be a proxy of LTTE.

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