Customs renders assistance to asylum boat

August 08, 2013 | Media Release

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

Initial reporting suggests there are 111 passengers and three crew on board.

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

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