TWO asylum-seeker boats intercepted

May 16, 2013

Media Release:

HMAS Ararat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east-south-east of Ashmore Islands on Tuesday.

Initial indications suggest there are 48 passengers and one crew member 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 will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Australian Government authorities in Darwin, 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

May 16, 2013

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island today.

Initial indications suggest there are 82 passengers and three crew on board. The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, 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 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.

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

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