Navy stops asylum seekers off Australian coast

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:09

Melbourne: Australian Navy Wednesday
intercepted yet another boat carrying 100 suspected asylum seekers north of Christmas Island, a day after a similar vessel was stopped north-west of Ashmore Islands, media reports said.

Outgoing Home Affairs Minister Brendan O`Connor the Navy
was now en-route to the island, where they will undergo
initial security, health and identity checks, the reports
said.

With this, more than 7000 asylum seekers and crew have
arrived in the country since the elections last year.

Yesterday, a vessel carrying 54 persons and four crew
members was stopped.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:09

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