Tamil group: Man died on migrant ship

August 16, 2010 03:17


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A man died and was buried at sea last month as hundreds of ethnic Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka spent a grueling several months at sea in a cramped, rusting cargo ship, officials said Sunday.

At least 450 migrants from Sri Lanka arrived in Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia Friday aboard the Thai-flagged MV Sun Sea.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Michael McLaughlin confirmed a 37-year-old Sri Lankan man died onboard about three weeks ago. The man died of an illness, and there was nothing to indicate criminal action. McLaughlin said the man's name will not be released.

Canadian Tamil Congress spokesman Sarujan Kanapathipillai said lawyers and representatives of his organization met with some of the migrants on Saturday. Kanapathipillai said they were told the man had a wife and children still in Sri Lanka.

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