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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Maryborough]



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

25 July 2013

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

HMAS Maryborough, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday.

Initial indications suggests there were 140 passengers and three 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 has transferred the passengers to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 19 July 2013 will be subject to the regional agreement with Papua New Guinea and won’t be settled in Australia.

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