The A522 vessel was a ship initially owned by a Singapore fishing line that was then taken into possession by the LTTE terrorists, following which it was nicknamed the ‘We Ling’. Unlike other ships, this sunken craft was special, as it was carrying eight bullet-proof VIP vehicles, hence the origin of the name “The VIP Wreck”. The vehicles included a BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Defender, which were all used by ex-presidents of Sri Lanka during the period of war.
These cars, which were termed “too strong to be crushed” due to their sturdy build and nature, were also unable to be auctioned off as they could have been extremely dangerous had they fallen into the wrong hands.So, with no other purpose to be served, the vehicles were latched onto the A522 and were sunk 25m deep into the ocean on the 26th of March 2018. Thus, the ‘We Ling’ (A522 ship) rests on the sea bed, sunk just 15 km off the coast of Negombo under the observation of the Sri Lankan Navy.