Twenty eight(28) asylum seekers illegally heading for Australia were rescued while drifting in the deep sea off South-eastern Sri Lanka, Navy said.
The stranded asylum seekers have been rescued from the 11-day drifting ordeal at sea.
Among the rescued are 23 men, four women and a child residing in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa and Wellawatte.
According to Navy, the group had met with the harrowing experience at deep sea when the multi-day trawler they were travelling had developed an engine failure 300 nautical miles off Valachchenai. The trawler named “Star Brothers 2” had left from Valachchenai on June 13.