Two asylum boats intercepted

April 05, 2013

Media Releases

HMAS Childers, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Ashmore Islands yesterday. Initial indications suggest there are 58 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 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.

5 April 2013

HMAS Maitland and HMAS Melville, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there are 53 passengers and two crew on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers 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.

Source: http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2013/Second%20Quarter/5April2013-BorderProtectionCommandassistsvessel.aspx

http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2013/Second%20Quarter/5April2013-BorderProtectionCommandinterceptsvessel.aspx

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