May 28, 2013
Three more asylum seeker boats have been intercepted in Australian waters in past 72 hours; said Home Affairs Minister in media statements.
HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted the first vessel carrying 126 asylum seekers north of North West Point, Christmas Island on Monday.
On the same day, HMAS Bathurst intercepted another boat with 63 passengers and two crew on board north of Christmas Island.
The third boat had been initially given assistance by HMAS Warramunga, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre on Sunday. It was reportedly carrying 95 passengers and three crew members.
They have all been transferred to Christmas Island for initial health, security and identity checks.
Note: People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.