Asylum seeker boat intercepted near oil rig

July 16, 2012

The Australian Navy is taking a group of asylum seekers to the mainland after their boat was stopped off the Australian coast.

The boat was stopped about 184 kilometres north-west of Darwin, in the joint treaty area between Australia and East Timor.

It was understood to be carrying 58 passengers and three crew.

Customs says those on board the boat originally tried to request food, water and fuel from an oil and gas rig in the area.

But the rig workers contacted Australian authorities who went to intercept the boat.

Customs says for safety reasons the passengers are being taken to Darwin for health, identity and security checks.



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