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Heroic Sailor who saved Lives of Two School Children bids adieu to the Nation


“Leading Patrolman Chandrasiri had been on duty when the fateful incident occurred which claimed the lives of two children as well as his life. He had seen the five children struggling for life in the sea off Preethipura, Hendala while on foot patrol. Reacting immediately, he had jumped into the sea in full uniform armed with his naval expertise to rescue the victims.”
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(July 10, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Leading Patrolman RMSK Chandrasiri (XP 27665) bade adieu to the nation yesterday (09th July 2008) amidst a large number of grateful mourners who had gathered to pay their last respects to a brave naval hero who sacrificed his life while performing the heroic deed of rescuing five children from drowning in the sea off Preethipura, Uswetakeiyyawa, Hendala on the 05th July 2008. His funeral was conducted with full military honours at the General Cemetery, Karambakatuwa, Senarathwela, Digana yesterday evening.

Leading Patrolman Chandrasiri had been on duty when the fateful incident occurred which claimed the lives of two children as well as his life. He had seen the five children struggling for life in the sea off Preethipura, Hendala while on foot patrol. Reacting immediately, he had jumped into the sea in full uniform armed with his naval expertise to rescue the victims. He had been able to help two children wade ashore and had brought another out of the water himself. With resolute determination in his mission, he had continued his rescue operation single-handedly and attempted to save the other two children in his second rescue attempt. Unfortunately, he had been dragged down by the two boys who were struggling for life in the sea.

Able Patrolman Rajapaksa Mudiyanselage Susantha Kumara Chandrasiri was attached to SLNS Kelani when he met with his untimely death. He was posthumously promoted to the rate of Leading Patrolman by the Commander of the Navy for his heroic deed.

Leading Patrolman RMSK Chandrasiri joined the Navy on the 27th May 1998 and received his initial naval training at SLNS Edithara. He had been awarded the North and East Operations Medal and the Purna Bhumi Padakkama in appreciation of his commitment and dedication to duty. He leaves behind his wife who is expecting their first baby.
- Sri Lanka Guardian

1 comment

Arsenal said...

Parents of those kids, survived, should look after Chandrasiri's wife and kid (once born). Should give him the highest medal the conutry can give. RIP.

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