Illegal migration attempt thwarted, 30 persons arrested | Daily News

Illegal migration attempt thwarted, 30 persons arrested

The Sri Lanka Navy has taken 30 illegal migrants into custody while attempting to migrate to a country by a multiday fishing vessel, Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Suriyabandara said.

These illegal Sri Lankan immigrants were held in southern seas about 80 nautical miles off the Galle Lighthouse in wee hours of last morning by two Fast Attack Crafts patrolling in the southern sea area, he added.

The Navy has intercepted a suspicious trawler plying in southern seas this morning and held 30 suspects on-board.

According to the Navy sources all suspects are males and they intended to migrate to another country.    

“Having spotted a suspicious boat movement at sea about 80 nautical miles off the Galle Lighthouse, two FACs patrolling in the southern sea area have been directed to the location of the suspicious trawler” the Navy Spokesman said.

The arrested suspects, who were all males, have been handed over to the Galle Harbour Police after a medical examination and a preliminary naval investigation.

Meanwhile the SLN urges the general public not to involve in high risk sea-borne migration to overseas countries based on false information provided by human smugglers since such illegal attempts would finally end up behind bars.


 

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