Two asylum boats intercepted near Ashmore Islands

August 14, 2013 | Media Releases

HMAS Glenelg, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-west of Ashmore Islands today.

Initial reporting suggests there are 121 passengers and five crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities in Darwin, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

HMAS Glenelg operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel east-south-east of Ashmore Islands yesterday.

Initial reporting suggests there are 31 passengers and three crew on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities in Darwin, 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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