Sea survivors 'drifted for 25 days'
on 22/02/2013 09:01:52
Thirty-two men and a boy now detained at an immigration detention centre near Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, were rescued last Saturday when their dilapidated wooden vessel began sinking while making a journey to Malaysia. They claimed to have been drifting at sea for 25 days.
The Thai navy has denied the allegations.
The survivors are Rohingya Muslims regarded as illegal immigrants into Burma from Bangladesh. They said they do not want to return to Burma.
The survivors were suffering from severe dehydration when they were rescued about 250 miles off Sri Lanka's east coast.