More than 40 asylum seekers are plucked out of the water after the smuggler's boat is broken and begins to sink as they attempt to reach Australian soil
More 40 asylum seekers had to be rescued after a boat destined for Australia began to sink.
The ship was in the middle of the Indian Ocean when it broke last week.
An Australian air patrol helped rescue 41 people on board with the help of the Sri Lankan Navy, The Australian reported.
The dramatic rescue comes after a boat of 20 asylum seekers, including a baby, was intercepted by the Australian authorities.
Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to the northwest coast of Australia during patrols in the Indian Ocean last month (stock photo)
The group had to return to Sri Lanka after their ship was spotted by Operation Sovereign Borders officials.
It was en route to the northwest coast of Australia during Indian Ocean air patrols at the end of May.
The group was detained in the recently reopened Christmas Island detention center before being sent home with a government charter.
In the past few months, warnings have been issued about more illegal boats full of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on their way to Australian soil.
The Ministry of the Interior has investigated a possible new threat to the borders of Australia, where up to six boats can travel from Sri Lanka.
Peter Dutton traveled to Sri Lanka after the reports came to light.
More 40 asylum seekers had to be rescued after a boat destined for Australia began to sink (stock photo)
The Minister of the Interior is expected to discuss human smugglers with Sri Lanka & # 39; s president Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other officials during his two-day visit this week.
His meeting with the country's leaders on Tuesday will be to discuss measures to combat human smuggling – as well as terrorism in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, The Australian reported.
Mr. Dutton refused to confirm that six boats could be en route or have recently made attempts to travel to the coasts of Australia, as was commonly reported on Monday.
He said, however, that the & # 39; limits were tested & # 39; because people smugglers had expected a victory at Labor in last month's federal elections.
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