The Navy said that personnel onboard the Fast Attack Craft P 475, arrested nine Sri Lankans who attempted to travel to Australia this morning in the seas 30 NMs west of Negambo.
Among those arrested were five men, a woman, 2 boys and a girl. The Navy said the migrants had left from the Negombo harbour onboard a multi-day fishing vessel named “Rishna Duwa”.
The Navy arrested them on a tip off received by intelligence personnel and they were brought to the Colombo harbour and handed over to the Maritime Division of the Police Criminal Investigations Division (CID). (Colombo Gazette)