Sri Lanka rescues more Myanmar boatpeople
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy on Saturday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island's east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks, officials said.
Sri Lankan naval craft responding to a distress call plucked the 38 people from a rickety boat drifting about 400 km off the east coast, a navy official said.
Four of the rescued passengers required treatment for dehydration and they were being brought to the southern port of Galle, he said.
"Four people required medical attention and are out of danger," said the navy official, who asked not to be named. "They will reach shore by tomorrow (Sunday)."