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Police probe reported asylum seeker drownings

Broadcast: 10/05/2010

Reporter: Leigh Sales

Federal police are investigating claims that five asylum seekers drowned at sea after jumping into
the Indian Ocean from their broken down boat.

Transcript

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Federal police are investigating claims that five asylum seekers have
perished at sea. They're believed to have jumped overboard from their broken down boat.

The remainder of the group, numbering about 60, have been taken to Christmas Island after their
vessel was towed yesterday to the Cocos Islands.

The rescued passengers have repeatedly claimed that the five missing men tried to swim to safety in
the Indian Ocean.

Only lifejackets and tyre tubes have been found.

If it's established that the men have drowned, the matter will be reported to the West Australian
coroner.

And this evening, another two vessels have entered Australian waters with more than 120 people on
board.