Monday, March 3, 2008

Navy rescued 71 illegal immigrants in the suspicious vessel-2nd Lead

Navy found 71 illegal immigrants in the suspicious vessel drifting over seas off Mulativu from 150 nautical miles northeast from the island, Navy Headquarters confirmed.
50 Myanmar nationals and 21 Bangladeshis were found in the vessel,when the Sri Lankan Navy patrol crafts and war ships cordoned it early this morning.
The vessel was drifting for about ten days after it detected an engine failure.
20 immigrants-17 Myanmar nationals and 03 Bangladeshis-were dead during that time and their bodies were thrown in to the sea according to rescued immigrants.
The vessel left from Myanmar on 09th February to sail for Malaysia or Thailand,Navy officials said.
Earlier navy suspect the drifting vessel was a one which transporting arms to the LTTE.
Rescued illegal immigrants are now being taken in to Trincomalee harbour by the Navy.

2 comments:

Ninja said...

Good job by SLN. Good job by DW too. DW was the first to report this, I guess.

Sam Perera said...

DefenceWire,

On another issue: What is happening with Parakrama Pannipitiya?

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