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Australia-bound boat intercepted off Pigeon Island

Australia-bound boat intercepted off Pigeon Island

September 11, 2012  12:27 pm

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Sri Lanka Navy today intercepted another multi-day trawler illegally bound for Australia with 53 persons – including 3 women and 8 children onboard.

The trawler named “Sinhale 4” was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command 16 nautical miles off Pigeon Island in Trincomalee.

Among the arrested persons were 49 Tamils, 3 Muslims and a Sinhalese who are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, and Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Navy said.

They were escorted to Trincomale Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.

Navy yesterday had intercepted a multi-day trawler with 45 persons on board around 20 nautical miles off Negombo.