Asylum seekers safe after boat rescue

July 05, 2013

More than 100 people onboard an asylum seeker boat in distress have been rescued by an Australian navy patrol boat.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a request for assistance about 5.15am (AEST) on Friday regarding a boat off the coast of Java.

AMSA issued an alert to ships that a boat carrying asylum seekers was taking on water.

Two merchant vessels responded before aircraft tasked by AMSA located the boat about 42 nautical miles south of Java about 3pm.

The merchant vessels and HMAS Larrakia arrived at the scene about 5pm.

A total of 101 people were safely transferred onto HMAS Larrakia and were now en route to Christmas Island, the authority said on its Facebook page.



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One response to “Asylum seekers safe after boat rescue

  1. Hermes

    Hmmm, 42 nautical miles from Java? Why didn’t the Indonesians render assistance to one of their own ricketty fishing boats in distress? Why were
    these people taken to Christmas Island, instead of being returned to the Indonesian port from which the vessel embarked? The sooner we have an election, the sooner this people smuggling farce costing us $$ Billions will end.

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