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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel



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

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel 2 April 2012

HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Tiwi Islands tonight.

Initial indications suggest there are 43 passengers and two crew 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.

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