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.