It is now confirmed that the suspicious vessel detected in the seas of Mullaithiv is not a ship transporting arms to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) dispatched several of its fast attack craft and warships to investigate the vessel when its presence was detected for the first time close to midnight yesterday.
Apparently the ship was transporting illegal immigrants from Myanmar to Malaysia and was left stranded in the seas north est of Sri Lanka when it was hit by engine failure. Out of the 120 immigrants on board, nearly 40 have died due to the lack of essential supplies. The rest of the personnel on board have been rescued by the SLN.
Correction: The ship was transporting 91 passengers and 20 of them had died by the time the ship was discovered by SLN. Rest have been rescued. Several of the survivors too are in critical condition.
Update: The ship has been towed to the Trincomalee port.