TWO asylum seeker boats intercepted near Christmas Island

June 30, 2013

Home affairs minister Jason Clare, in statements released today, has reported interception of two boats carrying asylum seekers in Australian waters.

ACV Ocean Protector and HMAS Larrakia, rendered assistance to boats they sought assistance on Friday north east and east-north of Christmas Island respectively. Initial indications suggest there were 47 and 58 asylum-seekers on board.

All on-board asylum seekers have been transferred to Christmas Island facilities for initial health, identity and security checks.

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