TWO asylum-seeker boats intercepted

May 19, 2013

Media Releases:

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island on Friday.

Initial indications suggest there are 42 passengers and three crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by the Christmas Island Radar.

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.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.

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

Initial indications suggest there are 83 passengers and two 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.

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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