September 12, 2013 | Media Release
HMAS Glenelg operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.
Initial reporting suggests there are 74 passengers and two crew on board.
The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft, also operating under the coordination of RCC Australia.
Border Protection Command has now transferred the people to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.
People arriving in Australia by boat without a visa after 19 July 2013 will be processed subject to the regional agreements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru and won’t be settled in Australia.