More survivors found in asylum boat search

August 30, 2012

Bulk carrier APL Bahrain has lifted survivors from the dark sea while (inset) Australian navy patrol vessel HMAS Maitland races to help.Bulk carrier APL Bahrain has lifted survivors from the sea while (inset) Australian navy patrol vessel HMAS Maitland races to help. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Royal Australian Navy

Forty-five people have been rescued from the area where an asylum seeker boat sank on its way to Australia.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said at 1930 (AEST) on Thursday 45 survivors had been recovered, with three seriously injured survivors being treated on board the naval vessel HMAS Maitland.

Six men were plucked from the sea early on Thursday by the merchant vessel, the APL Bahrain.

Another 16 were spotted from the air on Thursday afternoon and were later picked up by HMAS Maitland, and another 23 were recovered by merchant vessels in the area.

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An Indonesian search and rescue vessel, as well as a police patrol boat, were to meet with the APL Bahrain at about 4.30pm local time (1930 AEST) to transfer its survivors to the port of Merak in western Java.

They will be taken to Merak, Indonesia, for medical attention.

All were on a boat carrying up to 150 people on its way from Indonesia to Australia.

Two distress signals were received from the boat early on Wednesday morning off Java’s western-most tip but a search failed to find them.

However, early on Thursday morning, a merchant vessel acting on information from AMSA found six survivors 45 nautical miles from Indonesia, sparking a major search operation.

AMSA said the search and rescue, being conducted in coordination with Indonesian search and rescue agency BASARNAS, would continue through the night.

HMAS Maitland and four merchant vessels are on the scene looking for survivors.

AAP

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One response to “More survivors found in asylum boat search

  1. Searching the missing 150 Asylum seekers boat on 29 Aug 2012

    Humble request to all for Searching the missing Asylum seeker boat on 29 Aug 2012

    This is my humble request to all of the International humanitarian Organizations and heads of the Government of Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom,USA that Please kindly do something Important and take effective steps for searching the missing boat of Asylum Seekers including 150 peoples on 29 Aug 2012. Because Their Families and relatives are in very trouble and difficult condition. And Pleas pray for their protection and safety.

    Expecting and favorable and honorable response from all of you.

    With Best Regards

    Taimur Khan Bangash

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