A group of Sri Lankans who attempted to illegally emigrate to Australia were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Commenting on the incident Naval Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnasuriya said that the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 17 persons on board a multi-day fishing trawler which was 20 nautical miles off Hambantota. He said that the Navy is carrying out special patrols in the Sri Lankan territorial waters. Three such fast patrolling Craft of the Navy deployed in the southern seas made the arrest. The suspects were brought to Galle harbour last night and will be handed over to the Police for further investigations.