August 12, 2012
An asylum-seeker boat with 32 people on board was intercepted yesterday after passengers made a distress call saying the boat was taking on water.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority received the call about 9.41am and asked Customs and Border Protection to intercept the boat, which was located north-east of Ashmore Islands.
The patrol boat HMAS Broome intercepted the boat at 10.25am and took aboard the passengers.
The Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, said yesterday that arrangements were being made for the people to be transferred to Christmas Island to undergo initial security, health and identity checks.
The rescue follows the arrival earlier in the week of the biggest boatload of asylum seekers in a decade.
That boat had on board 211 passengers, who had come from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iran.
The story was originally published here: http://www.smh.com.au/national/asylum-seekers-rescued-20120811-24170.html