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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [ACV Hervey Bay]



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

MEDIA RELEASE

28 October 2012

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

ACV Hervey Bay, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Friday.

Initial indications suggest there were 62 people 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 transferred the people to Australian Government authorities on Cocos (Keeling) Islands where they will have basic health and security checks. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will now make arrangements for them to be transferred 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