Sri Lanka Navy managed to seize 2 suspicious local multiday fishing trawlers with 45 individuals, during patrols carried out in southern and western seas.
Accordingly, SLNS Gajabahu patrolling in southern waters held a local multiday fishing trawler suspiciously plying off the southern coast with 26 persons aboard. In the same vein, Fast Attack Craft P 481 of the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla intercepted another suspicious local multiday fishing trawler carrying 19 individuals, during a patrol conducted in the western sea area today (27th May 2022).
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 are suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to a foreign country via sea routes and the accused with multiday fishing trawlers will be handed over to relevant authorities for onward legal action.
Following political developments in different parts of the world, human traffickers tend to plot illegal migration journeys, deceiving innocent people for a fast buck. In such a backdrop, the Navy continues to urge the public to refrain from risking their lives and property embarking on perilous sea voyages by unseaworthy vessels and becoming victims in the eyes of the law, being caught in the tricks of smugglers.