Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

August 24, 2013 | Media Release

HMAS Parramatta, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island this morning.

Initial reports indicate there are 11 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 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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