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Navy brings sick passenger and Lankan crew member ashore from cruise ship

MSC Magnifica/seascanner.com

ECONOMYNEXT – The navy has brought a Sri Lankan Chef who was aboard a cruise ship anchored off Colombo to shore as well as a German woman passenger who was ailing, the Navy Spokesman said.

The ship, the Italian liner MSC Magnifica, is anchored here for refuelling and other needs.

A statement from the Presidential Secretariat said that the Chef Anura Bandara Herath had appealed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa via Facebook to be evacuated from the ship.

The President had acceded to the request and asked the Navy to bring him ashore. Herath has since been sent to Boosa for a 21-day quarantine.

The Italy-based Chef was the only Sri Lankan aboard the ship which is carrying 1,700 passengers.

The same Navy team also brought ashore a German tourist who was ill on board the cruise liner who has subsequently been admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo.

The Magnifica was not allowed to disembark passengers in Freemantle, Australia when it stopped there while sailing from New Zealand to Italy.

The Australian authorities had stopped passengers from entering that country because some 250 of its passengers had “upper respiratory ailments.”