May 28, 2012
The navy has intercepted a suspected asylum seeker boat carrying 88 people off Australia’s northwest coast.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said HMAS Ararat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted the boat northwest of Christmas Island on Monday.
Mr Clare said the boat was initially detected by Customs and Border Protection surveillance aircraft.
He said the passengers would be transferred to Christmas Island for initial security, health and identity checks.