Two asylum seekers boat intercepted with 81 and 127 on board

April 08, 2013

Media Releases:

HMAS Melville, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight.

Initial indications suggest there are 81 passengers and two crew on board. The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

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.

8 April 2013

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

Initial indications suggest there are 127 people on board.

HMAS Childers, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, has separately rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north of Ashmore Islands yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there are 72 people on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers 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.

Source: http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/default.aspx#second2013

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