Sri Lankan migrants intercepted off Indonesia
Fifty-five Sri Lankan migrants were intercepted yesterday off the
coast of Western Indonesia as they tried to reach Australia to look for
work, police said.
Fishermen found the migrants, men aged from 25 to 30, aboard a
damaged wooden boat two kilometres from the coast of Aceh Province,
Sumatra Island, at about 6:00 am local time, police said.
"They were actually trying to reach Australia to find jobs," senior
police officer Ari Subijanto said.
He said the Sri Lankans had informed police one of their fellow
migrants had gone missing during the journey.
Another boat full of Sri Lankans was still at sea and heading to
The group left Sri Lanka on May 2 and stopped in Malaysia on May 8.