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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [ACV Triton]



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

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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

4 November 2012

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

Initial indications suggest there are 105 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 will transfer 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 then make arrangements for them to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo further 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: Annie Williams - 0428 040 522