Illegal migration attempts thwarted

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The Sri Lanka Navy intercepted two suspicious local multiday fishing trawlers with 45 individuals on board, during patrols carried out in southern and western seas, on 27 May.

SLNS Gajabahu, patrolling in southern waters, held a local multiday fishing trawler  which was suspiciously plying off the southern coast with 26 persons aboard. In the same vein, Fast Attack Craft P 481 of the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla intercepted another suspicious local multiday fishing trawler carrying 19 individuals, during a patrol conducted in the western sea area.

The suspects aboard two multiday fishing trawlers, which were seized after being observed not seaworthy for a passage, are residents of Kalpitiya, Chilaw, Puttalam, Negombo and Kilinochchi areas. These individuals were suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to a foreign country via the sea routes and the accused with multiday fishing trawlers will be handed over to relevant authorities for legal action.