Asylum-seeker boats intercepted

Media Releases (Home Affairs Minister)

6 July 2013

HMAS Bundaberg, operating under the coordination the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Ashmore Islands on Thursday.  

Initial reporting suggests there are 55 passengers and two crew on board.

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

The Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service detected a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island last night.

Indications suggest there were 83 passengers and two crew on board.

Customs and Border Protection has 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.

7 July 2013

HMAS Larrakia, operating under the coordination of Border Protection Command (BPC), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-east of Christmas Island on Thursday evening.

Initial reporting suggests there were 48 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft, also operating under the control of BPC Australia.

Border Protection Command has 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.

HMAS Warramunga, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-north-east of Christmas Island on Saturday.

Initial indications suggest there were 135 people and four crew on board.

Border Protection Command has 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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