Fishermen in Nagapattinam India have rescued 65 Sri Lankans stranded in mid sea following a snag in the engine of their boat while attempting an illegal entry to Australia via sea. After 17 days at sea the group was brought to the Nagappattinam shore early last morning. The incident came to light when a group of fishermen set out to sea. Nagapattinam police and the coast guard received the group and made arrangements to lodge them in Nagapattinam. During the initial investigation with them, they explained they were assured by a travel agency to go to Australia via sea without following legal procedures and search for a job for survival once they got reached Australian shores. But their effort turned out to be a futile exercise three days after setting out to sea following a defect in the global positioning system. The suspects are residents of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Chavakacheri, Paruthikadu, and Villivandi.