The Australian Navy arrested 81 Sri Lankan Tamils for trying to illegally enter Australia on the maritime boarder near Christmas Island yesterday (1 August).
According to Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman, the boat was spotted close to Christmas Island and on the verge of sinking when the Australian Navy rescued it.
The rescued boat people were brought ashore along with the boat. They have been sent to hospital for treatment. The Australian Navy arrested the boat owners and are conducting further investigations.