FAC under sea mine attack
A locally built Fast Attack Craft (FAC) of the Navy came under a sea
mine attack off Kokilai in the North-Eastern waters around 2.25 a.m.
yesterday, Navy spokesperson Commander D. K. P. Dassanayake said.
Commander Dassanayake told the Sunday Observer that the Fast Attack
Craft was caught in a LTTE sea mine while it was engaged in a routine
sea patrol along with another FAC off Kokilai in the North-Eastern
waters around 2.25 a.m. yesterday.
"The second FAC which was in the vicinity rushed to the scene and
rescued six sailors including the skipper of the vessel when the
explosion occurred. Sixteen sailors were on board at the time the FAC
came under attack.
A search for the other ten sailors is being carried out by Navy
vessels," Commander Dassanayake said.