Asylum boat intercepted near Christmas Island

April 20, 2013

A suspected asylum seeker boat carrying 45 people was intercepted east of Christmas Island this afternoon.

It was the sixth vessel in the past week stopped by Australian border patrols near Christmas Island.

Customs and Border Protection said the boat was detected by a RAAF sea patrol aircraft and then boarded by officers from the HMAS Glenelg shortly after 3.30pm.

A spokeswoman said there were 42 passengers and three crew on board.

She said arrangements were being made to transfer the passengers to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks.

On Wednesday, two boats were intercepted near Christmas Island, one carrying 153 people and the other with 51. The day before, a boat with 97 people was detected.



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