Two more asylum seeker boats intercepted

August 12, 2013 | Media Releases

HMAS Maryborough and ACV Triton, 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 west of Christmas Island last night.

Initial indications suggest there are 50 passengers and two crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft.

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

August 10, 2013

HMAS Maryborough, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance south east of Christmas Island overnight.

Initial indications suggest there are 28 passengers and two crew on board.

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

Consistent with government policy, people arriving by boat without a visa after 19 July 2013 will be subject to the regional agreements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru and won’t be settled in Australia.

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