July 31, 2012
THE Australian navy has helped a boat in distress carrying 65 suspected asylum seekers.
HMAS Launceston, working with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre, intercepted the boat southwest of Sumba Island off Indonesia on Monday night.
The vessel was also carrying four crew, the federal government said in a statement on Tuesday.
The passengers are being transferred to Christmas Island for initial security, health and identity checks.