Mysterious vessel washes onto Kattankudy shores (video)

Mysterious vessel washes onto Kattankudy shores (video)

Written by Bella Dalima

31 Jan, 2014 | 9:35 pm

An unidentified vessel has been washed onto the shore of the Kattankudy beach in Batticaloa.

According to our correspondents in the area,  a section of the  vessel had been burnt.

The wooden vessel washed up on to the shores of Kattankudy, Batticoloa.

According to our corespondent, water bottles manufactured in Thailand and Myanmar were found on board the vessel. The Department of Fisheries notes that three such boats were discovered in the recent past from the Point Pedro, Palameenmadu and Kattankudy areas.

On several occasions last year the Sri Lanka Navy rescued illegal immigrants on distressed vessels. The rescued individuals were believed to be Burmese national. They were detained at the Mirihana Detention Camp based on court orders.

These individuals who were suspected to be from the Rohingya community  living on the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar were refused to be taken into the custody of any of the claimed countries.

Meanwhile, over 70 of these individuals were transferred to the camp in Boossa and had later fled the camp.

When inquiries were made from the head of the Mirihana Detention Centre   Sunil Jayaratna he said that the detainees who were held at the Boossa camp were officially taken into the custody of the United Nations.

He said that these individuals are now seeking refuge at a UN camp in the country. Information with regard to the individuals who fled the camps are yet to be revealed.


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