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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Bathurst]



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

27 July 2013

Border Protection Command assists vessel

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

Initial indications suggest there were 94 passengers and two crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command has transferred the people 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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