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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service intercepts vessel [Western Australian Police vessel Delphinus]



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

20 July 2013

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service intercepts vessel

Western Australian Police vessel, Delphinus with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers on board intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Dampier yesterday.

The Delphinus was operating under the control of Border Protection Command. A Border Protection Command Dash 8 surveillance aircraft supported the boarding.

Initial indications suggests there are 17 people on board.

An oil and gas floating platform north of Dampier detected the suspected irregular entry vessel and reported this to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities in Dampier, 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 Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island where they will undergo further security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

The passengers on board this vessel will not be subject to the regional settlement arrangement with Papua New Guinea announced by the Prime Minister yesterday as the vessel was intercepted prior to the announcement.

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