Two asylum-seeker boats intercepted

September 09, 2012

Two asylum-seeker boats carrying more than 100 people have been intercepted in northern Australian waters.

Border Protection Command’s HMAS Glenelg intercepted the first boat northeast of Christmas Island in the early hours of Saturday morning and estimated that 30 people, including two crewmen, were on board.

In the second overnight incident HMAS Launceston intercepted an illegal entry vessel west of Ashmore Islands.

Initial indications suggest 78 people, including three crewmen, were on board.

Two of those on board were sick and were taken to Darwin for treatment.

Asylum seekers from both illegal entry vessels were transferred to Christmas Island for health and security checks while some on board the second boat were taken to Darwin.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said earlier on Saturday that almost 100 suspected asylum seekers had also been found on board a boat near a lagoon at the Cocos Islands on Friday.

People arriving illegally after August 13 face deportation to a regional processing centre like Nauru.



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