Asylum boat intercepted

April 08, 2013

HMAS Melville, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance east of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there were 56 people on board.

HMAS Pirie, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), has separately assisted a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-west of Christmas Island on Friday afternoon.

Initial indications suggest there were 86 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, also operating under the coordination of RCC Australia.

Border Protection Command has now transferred the passengers from both vessels 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.

Source: http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2013/Second%20Quarter/7-April-2013-Border-Protection-Command-assists-vessels.aspx

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