Two more asylum seeker boats arrive

July 16, 2012

ANOTHER 100 asylum seekers are en route to Christmas Island after Australian authorities intercepted one boat and went to the aid of another.

The ACV Triton intercepted the first vessel, carrying 50 passengers and one crew member, about 14 nautical miles west of Christmas Island on Sunday afternoon.

In a separate incident on Sunday evening, HMAS Childers went to the aid of a boat 81 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island after it was spotted by a surveillance aircraft.

An initial count suggests there are 49 passengers on board.

The asylum seekers from both vessels will be transferred to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks.

Earlier on Sunday, merchant ship Atlantic Hero went to the aid of an asylum seeker boat 173 nautical miles northwest of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The vessel was believed to be carrying 27 asylum seekers. They were also being taken to Christmas Island for processing.

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