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Asylum seekers being off loaded from the Oceanic Protector after it was involved in a stand off with the Indonesian government earlier this week. Another boat is now in trouble off the Indonesian coast. Photo: Supplied
All passengers have been safely evacuated from an asylum seeker vessel carrying 51 people, which foundered 3km off the southern coast of Java.
Rahman, a spokesman from Indonesian search and rescue agency Basarnas, said the early hours of Thursday AEDT that all the people, who came from Sudan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, had been removed from the wooden fishing vessel about nine hours after they had first signalled their distress.
There were no fatalities.
It’s understood the boat, which had been bound for Christmas Island, had lost the ability to steer, but still had power.
Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison has not commented on reports of a boat containing Somali asylum seekers reported to have arrived in Darwin.
However, an asylum seeker source based in Indonesia said there had been a boat which was organised by Iranian people smuggler Abu Razul.