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Border Protection Command assists vessel [HMAS Maryborough]



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE 26 July 2013

Border Protection Command assists vessel

HMAS Maryborough, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island on Wednesday.

Initial indications suggest there were 75 passengers and three crew on board.

Border Protection Command has now transferred the passengers to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial 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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