Boat with 129 asylum seekers intercepted

August 21, 2013 | Media Release

HMAS Pirie, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island overnight.

Initial reporting suggests there are 129 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 now transferred the passengers 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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