Tangalle boat hijackers deported from Australia

The 14 asylum seekers who allegedly hijacked a ship off the Sri Lankan coast in a bid to reach Australia have been found and sent home, the Australian Department of Immigration said.

The group of Sri Lankan nationals was detected and intercepted northwest of the Cocos Islands by Australian authorities late on Thursday.

There were 15 people on board the vessel Chejan, which was involved in the allegedly hijacking incident on October 13.

Fourteen of them were returned to Sri Lanka from the Cocos Islands on a charter flight.

One of the Sri Lankans was not able to be sent home, but the department indicated he will be deported in the coming days.

The Sri Lankans held no visas and made no claims for protection or raised any issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations.

The boat had been missing until it was intercepted late on Thursday north-west of the Cocos Islands by ACV Hervey Bay. (AAP)

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