May 10, 2013
HMAS Launceston, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, has intercepted to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-west of Christmas Island today.
Initial indications suggest there were 79 passengers and two crew on board.
Border Protection Command has 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.
People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.