All the people aboard the Myanmar-flagged Lady 3 fishing vessel, including 20 children, were brought safely to Vung Tau in Vietnam
Vietnamese authorities have reported the rescue of over 300 individuals, suspected to be migrants from Sri Lanka, after their boat started to take on water. The incident occurred approximately 250 nautical miles off Vung Tau, situated on Vietnam’s southern coast.
The Lady 3 fishing vessel, flagged in Myanmar, encountered difficulties during its voyage. It is believed that the boat was en route to Canada, a journey spanning approximately 6,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean.
On Tuesday, Vietnamese authorities disclosed that they had rescued over 300 individuals suspected to be migrants from Sri Lanka. The rescue operation took place off the coast of Vietnam when the Lady 3 fishing vessel, flying the flag of Myanmar, faced challenges as it began to take on water.
The incident occurred approximately 250 nautical miles off Vung Tau, situated on Vietnam’s southern coast. The Vietnamese Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre reported that the boat was believed to be en route to Canada, a journey spanning roughly 6,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean.
The fishing vessel was adrift with a large number of distressed individuals gathering on the deck, according to the rescue center. All 303 people, including 20 children, were successfully brought to safety in Vung Tau.
Sri Lanka, burdened with foreign debt, has been grappling with severe shortages of food, fuel, and medicine for several months. The country has also been facing rampant inflation, recurring power outages, and a lack of foreign exchange to import essential goods.
Security officials have expressed concerns that the escalating economic crisis may be contributing to an increase in illegal emigration.
In response to a surge in people-smuggling attempts to Australia by boat, the governments of Australia and Sri Lanka established a dedicated monitoring center. They also implemented measures such as fitting fishing boats with GPS tracking devices to deter dangerous human trafficking journeys.