Border Protection Command intercepts vessels

May 25, 2013

(Media Release) HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there were 75 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

HMAS Larrakia, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there were 33 passengers and two crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by Australian Federal Police at Christmas Island.

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.

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  1. Have you had any reports about this? –

    Fears for asylum seekers after life jackets wash up on Cocos Island beach
    27 May 2013

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-27/fears-more-asylum-seekers-may-have-drowned/4714346

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