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Border Protection Command intercepts vessels [HMAS Bathurst]



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

MEDIA RELEASE

22 August 2012

Border Protection Command intercepts vessels

Border Protection Command has intercepted two suspected irregular entry vessels today.

HMAS Bathurst, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island this morning.

Initial indications suggest there were 70 people onboard.

HMAS Bundaberg, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a separate suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Ashmore Islands this afternoon.

Initial indications suggest there were 37 people onboard.

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 people from both vessels to be transferred to Australian Government authorities at Christmas Island. At Christmas Island, 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.

Press Secretary: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468