February 15, 2013
Media releases issued by the office of home affairs’ minster state that two boats carrying 35 and 10 asylum seekers respectively have been intercepted in Australian waters in the last 72 hours.
Initial information suggests that the first boat had been detected and intercepted by the HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command north of Christmas Island on Tuesday night. It was carrying 35 passengers and two crew members.
The second boat that sought assistance is being intercepted by HMAS Pirie operating under the control of Border Protection Command north-west of Browse Island overnight. Initial indications suggest that there were 10 asylum seekers and two crew members on board.