September 16, 2012
HMAS Larrakia. Picture: Austal Supplied
AUTHORITIES have intercepted two boatloads of suspected asylum seekers overnight.
HMAS Childers intercepted the first boat under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after it requested assistance, north of Christmas Island, on Saturday night.
It was carrying 70 passengers and two crew members.
HMAS Larrakia, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted another vessel carrying seven people after it was detected by aerial surveillance, west of Christmas Island.
All passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks.
The arrivals come after the first lot of asylum seekers were transferred to Nauru for processing last week.
The federal government has warned people arriving since August 13 by boat without a visa that they run the risk of being transferred to a regional processing country.