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.