Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Navy Tuesday thwarting an illegal migration attempt arrested 90 Sri Lankan immigrants travelling in a trawler bound for the Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Naval personnel attached to two Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Western Naval Command, during their patrol to curb transnational crime in the territorial waters of the island, apprehended 90 suspects onboard suspicious trawler plying in the Western seas of Sri Lanka today ( 11th Sep), the Navy Media Unit said.
Having spotted a suspicious trawler in the sea about 40 nautical miles West of Negombo, the two Fast Attack Craft on patrol hurried to the location.
Following a search of the suspicious trawler, naval personnel were able to hold 90 illegal Sri Lankan immigrants aboard who were heading to Reunion Island. Among the suspects were 89 men and 01 woman.
During the basic inquiry it was revealed that the illegal immigrants are residents of Batticaloa, Thoduwawa, Udappuwa, Chilaw, Mannar, Ampara and Matale.
Subsequently, the suspects were brought to the Colombo harbor and administered them with first aid and other medical treatment.
The arrested group of people is due to be handed over to the Harbor Police, Colombo for onward action, the Navy said.