March 26, 2013
HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island on Saturday.
Initial indications suggest there were 128 people on board the vessel.
HMAS Ballarat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island on Sunday.
Initial indications suggest there were 58 passengers and two crew on board.
Both vessels were initially detected by Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.
Border Protection Command has transferred the passengers to 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.