Border Protection Command intercepts vessels

April 22, 2013

Media Release:

HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial reports indicate there are 67 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.

HMAS Maryborough, also operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Darwin yesterday.

Initial reports indicate there are 61 passengers and two crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance, 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, 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.customs.gov.au/site/130422mediarelease_BPC-intercepts-vessels.asp

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