Asylum-seeker boat intercepted after engine trouble

December 30, 2012

A boat carrying 37 suspected asylum seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters after experiencing engine trouble.

The crew of the vessel contacted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre on Saturday afternoon for assistance after losing power.

The boat had experienced engine trouble in the vicinity of Ashmore Islands but its crew then conveyed that it was able to continue without help.

The call prompted surveillance aircraft under the control of Border Protection Command to do a flyover before HMAS Larrakia intercepted the boat.

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The 37 passengers and three crew will be transferred to Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks.

AAP

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