Oct 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy today brought home 70 illegal migrating Sri Lankans who were stranded in the deep sea when their boat developed a mechanical problem.
The Navy Thursday dispatched a team to rescue the stranded group of illegal migrants when the multi-day trawler malfunctioned about 215 nautical miles off the northern coastal belt in the sea between Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, Sagara safely brought the 70 people Friday (October 04) to the Galle harbor.
The rescued group included 44 men, 13 women and 13 children and they are all in good health, the Navy said.
The Navy dispatched the rescue team after it was alerted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) which has learnt of the incident from a local fishing boat.
Reportedly the migrants were stranded in the sea for several days without any communication with the land.
They have been handed over to the CID for further investigations.