They claimed that a group of fishermen had cast a fishing net last morning (21) and when it was pulled up to the surface, they had found the statue in the net.
The fishermen said that the stone statue, seemed to have been on the sea bed for a long time.
The older Mannar towns had been located close to the Mannar harbour area and several such archaeologically valuable objects had been found in this area previously, the fishermen said.
The statue of Ganesh is scheduled to be handed over to the Archaeological Department officers.
Pictures by Madhawa Kulasooriya – Vavuniya Correspondent