Sri Lankan vessel stranded off Indonesia

A vessel with some 40 Sri Lankans onboard is believed to have been stranded off Indonesia, the Indonesian media reported today.

According to one report a rescue team has been sent to the vessel from Padang.

The vessel has reportedly faced engine failure and was stranded off Mentawai Islands.

Some reports said that a few onboard the vessel had died of poor health. It was not known if the vessel was an asylum boat heading to Australia.