Asylum seeker boat intercepted

June 14, 2013

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

Initial indications suggest there are 107 passengers and three crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by the Christmas Island radar.

Border Protection Command has made arrangements for the people 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.



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