Australian authorities intercept asylum seekers boat

Australian authorities have intercepted a boat carrying 53 suspected asylum seekers and two crew near Christmas Island.

Updated: May 13, 2010, 15:43 PM IST

Melbourne: Australian authorities have intercepted a boat carrying 53 suspected asylum seekers and two crew near Christmas Island.

HMAS Glenelg, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted the vessel this morning, according to an AAP report.

The group will be transferred to Christmas Island where they will undergo security, identity and health checks. Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Refugees in a report said that the number of asylum seekers in Australia was low by world standards.
In 2009, 377,200 asylum claims were recorded in 44 countries, with Australia receiving less than two percent of them, according to country`s Home Affairs Minister Brendan O`Connor.

PTI