Attackers in 50 body bags - Karannagoda
Vice Admiral Wasantha Karrannagoda, the Commander of the Sri Lanka
Navy said that the "LTTE was totally vanquished after 11 of its boats
left the Vettilkerni shore to attack the Pearl Cruise.'' Now, the LTTE,
he said, is packing 50 bodies into bags as a result of it.
According to the Vice Admiral, three LTTE craft were sunk, and four
others were damaged, and the Pearl Cruise was escorted to the safety of
the harbour by the accompanying craft. But the best testimony is of the
SLMM officials on board who saluted the valour of the Navy, for being
outnumbered, but yet repulsing the attack.
Statistically, that's a statement underscored by the fact that one
Navy craft was destroyed, as opposed to four in the LTTE's advancing
flotilla, he said.
The trick was with the escort craft. The outer ring engaged the Tiger
boats, and the inner ring saw the ship to safety, and that's how his men
triumphed, Karannagoda told the Sunday Observer.