TWO asylum boats intercepted

January 22, 2013

Two boats carrying asylum seekers have been intercepted east and north of Christmas Island respectively on Sunday night and Monday morning.

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island overnight.

Initial indications suggest there are 29 passengers and two crew on board.

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a second suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island this morning.

Initial indications suggest there are 36 passengers and two crew on board.

Border Protection Command has transferred all the people to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

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2 responses to “TWO asylum boats intercepted

  1. tony kevin

    Thank you for publishing this report interceptions on 20 and 21 January . Is it a Dept of Customs and Border Protection media release (it looks like one) ? I just checked on their website
    http://www.customs.gov.au/site/media-releases-2013.asp
    and this release is not yet up there. What was the date of the release and how did you obtain it, please? Does it have an official URL i.e. is it published online officially yet?
    Tony Kevin

  2. tony kevin

    I have now found the source of this story – it is a Jason Clare media release
    of 21 January http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2013/First%20Quarter/21January2013BorderProtectionCommandinterceptsvessel.aspx

    Sometimes these interception/ rescue/sinking announcements are made by the Minister, sometimes by the Department of Customs.

    May i suggest that your website always list the URL of officially sourced stories like this – it assists others to check and follow up the story.
    Thank you

    Tony Kevin

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