Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Border Protection Command assists vessel [HMAS Albany]



Download PDFDownload PDF

THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

24 October 2012

Border Protection Command assists vessel

HMAS Albany, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggested there were 47 passengers and two crew on board.

The vessel was initially located by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, following an earlier request for assistance from the vessel.

Border Protection Command will transfer the passengers to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.

Media Adviser: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468