Second asylum seeker boat intercepted

July 20, 2012

AUTHORITIES have intercepted a second boat off the West Australian coast on Friday.

Customs and Border Protection officers with help from the Australian Federal Police intercepted the boat carrying 15 suspected asylum seekers at Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Friday afternoon.

The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island where immigration department officials will conduct initial security, health and identity checks.

Earlier on Friday a boat, carrying 44 passengers and three crew, was intercepted by the patrol boat HMAS Albany west of Ashmore Islands.

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