Two asylum boats intercepted

May 07, 2013

Media Releases:

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

Initial indications suggest there were 61 passengers and three crew 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 has now transferred the passengers 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.

May 07, 2013

Customs and Border Protection officers with support from the Australian Federal Police intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel at Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Sunday.

Initial indications suggest there were 91 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF Maritime Patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Customs and Border Protection has transferred the passengers to Australian Government authorities on Cocos (Keeling) Islands, where they will have basic health and security checks. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will now make arrangements for them to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo further security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

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

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