TWO asylum seeker boats intercepted

May 23, 2013

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

Initial indications suggest there are 65 people 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.

HMAS Broome, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Ashmore Islands yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there are 82 passengers and three crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by ACV Ashmore Guardian, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

For operational and safety reasons Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people 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.

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