Group says man died aboard Tamil migrant ship

At least 450 migrants from Sri Lanka have arrived in British Columbia.

Updated: Aug 16, 2010, 09:11 AM IST

Vancouver: The Canadian Tamil Congress says a man died aboard a ship carrying hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers during a gruelling voyage that lasted at least three months in a cramped cargo ship.

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

The Tamil Congress` spokesman Sarujan Kanapathipillai said on Sunday that the migrants told his group`s representatives that a man in his mid-30s died last month of unknown causes.

His body was buried at sea.

Canada`s top security officials say the ship was modified in order to maximise profits for a human smuggling operation likely organised by the rebel Tamil Tigers.