April 04, 2013
HMAS Pirie, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.
Initial indications suggest there are 64 passengers and two crew board.
HMAS Bundaberg, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Darwin yesterday.
Initial indications suggest there are 41 people on board.
The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.
Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people from both vessels to be transferred to Australian Government authorities on 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.