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Sri Lankans enroute to Australia in boat stranded in Indonesia

By The Sydney Morning Herald World Headlines - Sun Jun 12, 2:21 am

A photo taken by an asylum-seeker on a boat, prior to interception by Australian authorities in 2015.

A photo taken by an asylum-seeker on a boat, prior to interception by Australian authorities in 2015. Photo: Amnesty International

About 40 Sri Lankans who were reportedly enroute to Australia have been stranded in Aceh, a northern province of Indonesia, after their boat broke down.

The boat was discovered by local fishermen at 10am on Saturday in Lhoknga in the district of Aceh Besar, according to local news reports.

Lhoknga district military chief Major Darul Amin told Antara News the boat was on its way to Australia but could not proceed due to engine trouble.

He said the passengers on board, who included women and children, were all healthy and would be disembarked from the boat when permission from the immigration office was received.

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