Navy detects 82 boat people heading for Australia
Sri Lanka Navy intercepted two multi-day fishing trawlers
transporting at least 82 would-be asylum seekers to Australia last
morning. The interception was made 35 nautical miles south-east of
“The intercepted trawlers were brought to the Trincomalee harbour
with 82 persons, including 78 men, two women and two children on board.
They were handed over to Trincomalee Harbour Police for further
investigations, “Sri Lanka Navy Media Spokesman Commander Kosala
The over-crowded trawlers with a large amount of provisions and
personal belongings stacked inside were detected by two Fast Naval
Patrol Craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command. The passengers,
who had opted for the perilous journey, were in grave danger in the
choppy seas due to prevailing adverse weather conditions when the timely
interception was made by the Navy preventing a human tragedy.