June 25, 2013
HMAS Larrakia, 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 were 49 people 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 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.