Border Protection Command intercepts vessels

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13 June 2013

HMAS Maitland, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-west of Darwin on Tuesday.

Initial indications suggests there are 23 passengers and three crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by an Australian fishing vessel.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Australian Government authorities, 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.

12 June 2013

HMAS Glenelg, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north of Christmas Island on Monday.

Initial indications suggests there are 58 passengers and one crew member on board.

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.

12 June 2013

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

Initial indications suggest there are 76 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 people 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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