May 09, 2013
HMAS Maryborough, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.
Initial indications suggest there are 66 passengers and five crew on board.
The vessel was initially detected by the Christmas Island Radar.
HMAS Launceston, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island yesterday.
Initial Indications suggest there are 56 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.