The Navy apprehended 18 Sri Lankans who had attempted to migrate to Australia illegally by boat.
the suspects were nabbed 40 Nautical Miles off Batticaloa yesterday morning (15).
According to the Navy, the migrants had left from Valaichchenai onboard a Multi-Day Fishing Vessel named “Blue Star”.
“The Sri Lanka Navy managed to seize them on a tip off received by intelligence personnel and the suspects were brought to Trincomalee Harbour,” the Navy said.
Subsequently the personnel were handed over to Criminal Investigation Department – Maritime Division for onward investigations.