Three asylum boats intercepted

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August 04, 2013

HMAS Triton, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north east of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial reporting suggests there were 122 people on board.

Border Protection Command has now transferred the people to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

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

Initial indications suggest there were 16 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by the Christmas Island radar.

Border Protection Command has now transferred the people to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

August 03, 2013

HMAS Albany, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-west of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggest there were 44 passengers and three crew on board.

Border Protection Command have been transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 19 July 2013 will be subject to the regional agreement with Papua New Guinea and won’t be settled in Australia.

 

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