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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Leeuwin]



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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

21 January 2013

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island overnight.

Initial indications suggest there are 29 passengers and two crew on board.

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a second suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island this morning.

Initial indications suggest there are 36 passengers and two crew on board.

Border Protection Command has transferred all the people 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: Annie Williams - 0428 040 522