Three asylum seeker boats intercepted

July 10, 2013

Home Affairs Minister, in media statements released today, has reported arrival of three boat load of asylum seekers in Australian waters.

ACV Triton, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered help to first boat which was reportedly carrying 96 asylum seekers, that sought assistance north-north-east of Christmas Island on Sunday,

HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted the another vessel on Monday night north of Christmas Island. The boat had 69 passengers and two crew on board.

Meanwhile, HMAS Bundaberg, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to third boat near Ashmore Islands yesterday. Initial indications suggest there were 78 passengers and three crew on board.

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