Fears Lankans may have died

There are fears more asylum seekers have drowned at sea while attempting to reach Australia after several life jackets were found washed up on a beach in Australia, the Australian media reported today.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) said eight life jackets had washed up on a beach at Cocos Island, off the north coast of Western Australia on Friday, Nine News reported.

Cocos Island is also the midway point between Australia and Sri Lanka.

An AFP spokesperson refused to comment on whether they had information on the origin of the life jackets, saying enquiries were “ongoing “.

Federal Police are working closely with Border Protection Command in relation to the incident.

Members of the public are being urged to come forward and report any information they may have.