September 27, 2012
A boat with 74 people on board has been intercepted north-west of Ashmore Islands.
Customs vessel Ocean Protector, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, made contact with the boat overnight on Wednesday after it was initially detected by aerial surveillance.
The suspected asylum seekers will be taken to Christmas Island of Western Australia for security, health and identity checks.
Under the federal government’s new offshore processing arrangements for people who arrive in Australia by boat, they could be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.