Sri Lanka Navy prevents 18 migrants from reaching Australia

Photo: Sri Lanka Navy

The Sri Lankan Navy intercepted a people smuggling boat attempting to come to Australia illegally in the morning of August 15.

Eighteen people who had boarded a fishing vessel in Valaichchenai on the country’s east coast were detained some 40 nautical miles off Batticaloa before they were able to commence their voyage.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has praised the work of Australia’s regional partners.

“The Australian Government thanks the Sri Lankan Government for its continued commitment to stamping out the criminal act of people smuggling,” Dutton said.

“Whether in waters off Sri Lanka or en route to Australia, the message to people smugglers is clear; you will not succeed. Since Operation Sovereign Borders began in 2013 every Sri Lankan boat that has attempted to come to Australia illegally, has failed,” Dutton added.

Following the arrests, Sri Lanka Navy warned the general public not to involve in high risk sea-borne migration to Australia based on false information provided by human smugglers.

Share this article

Follow Naval Today


<< Jan 2018 >>
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

Over the past few years, maritime intelligence gathering and ISR capabilities have returned to the forefront of the defence industry…

read more >

Sea-Air-Space 2018

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission…

read more >