March 08, 2013
HMAS Ballarat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north west of Christmas Island on Wednesday night.
Initial indications suggest there were 70 passengers and two crew on board.
Border Protection Command has transferred the people to Australian government authorities at Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.
People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.