March 31, 2013
Five boats carrying more than 295 asylum seekers have been intercepted in the past 72 hours in Australian waters, said Home Affairs Ministers’ office.
According to initial information the boats were carrying 41, 86, 66, 76 and 29 people respectively. Four of them were being intercepted near Christmas Island while one boat was stopped by the authorities near Ashmore Reef on Thursday night.
Border Protection Command has transferred some of them and will make arrangements for the rest to be transferred to Christmas Island for initial health, security and identity checks.