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Border Protection Command assists vessel [ACV Storm Bay and HMAS Leeuwin]



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

MEDIA RELEASE

28 October 2012

Border Protection Command assists vessel

ACV Storm Bay and HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel south-east of Ashmore Islands on Friday.

Initial indications suggest there were 34 passengers and one crew member 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 Christmas Island, where 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.

Media Adviser: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468