The navy found over 100 foreigners on a small boat stranded off the eastern seas last night, a navy spokesman said.
Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Colombo Gazette that navy boats were deployed from Trincomalle and Galle after information came to light about the boat.
When the navy reached the boat they found 138 foreigners cramped into a small boat which was not capable of handling the load.
The passengers were taken off the boat and transported to Oluvil where the foreigners were identified as Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals.
Among those on board were women and children, the navy spokesman said. He said that one person was also found dead.
The passengers were suffering from dehydration and were admitted to the Oluvil hospital.
The navy spokesman said that investigations into the incident, including to find out where the foreigners were heading, was underway. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam