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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [ACV Ocean Protector]



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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

25 January 2013

ACV Ocean Protector, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, has intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east-south-east of Ashmore Islands overnight.

Initial indications suggest there are 106 passengers on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers 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: Annie Williams - 0428 040 522