Jun 24, 2022

Boat carrying 35 illegal migrants to Australia intercepted! Featured

The Navy arrested 35 Sri Lankan migrants off the coast of Panadura while attempting to sail to Australia illegally in a dilapidated multi-day trawler.

Among the group were 25 men, four women and six children, Navy spokesman Capt. Indika de Silva said.

The Navy Spokesman said that the Navy had detected a suspicious vessel during search operations off the Panadura coast the day-before-yesterday and upon inspection of the vessel the navy had detected the group of illegal migrants.

The Navy had also detected a fault in the trawler engine and said that the trawler was not at all in a seaworthy condition to make this long journey.