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* Boat carrying 152 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers distressed at deep sea
Sat, Jun 28, 2014, 12:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 28, Melbourne: A boat carrying 152 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers bound for Australia is reportedly in trouble at sea off a remote Australian island after it left India, Press Trust of India reported.

Reportedly, the boat, with illegal migrants including women and children, was 300 km west of Christmas Island when it suffered an oil leak, media reports said.

According to the ABC news, a man on the boat called Duke has said that the vessel is in trouble about 250 kilometers off Christmas Island.

He has said that there are 32 women, and 37 children among the 152 illegal migrants on board the boat.

"We are refugees. We come from Sri Lanka - we stayed in India and we are unable to live there. That's why we are coming to Australia," ABC news quoted the asylum seeker as saying.

The man has said the vessel was being buffeted by wild weather and needed assistance.

A woman on the boat identifying as Tamil has said that the vessel departed southern India on June 13 and made contact with marine rescue authorities on Thursday night.

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