TWO asylum seeker boats intercepted

July 16, 2013

HMAS Bathurst, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north of Christmas Island on Sunday.

Initial indications suggest there were 88 people on board.

An extensive search and rescue effort was also undertaken due to reports that the master of this vessel had fallen overboard early on Sunday morning. The master was safely recovered by HMAS Bathurst on Sunday evening.

Border Protection Command has now transferred the passengers 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.

HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island on Sunday.

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

The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command has transferred the passengers to be 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.

Source: http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/default.aspx#third2013

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