The Navy has intercepted two asylum seeker boats carrying more than 100 people.Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said patrol boat HMAS Bathurst, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, intercepted one suspected irregular entry vessel east of Christmas Island this morning.
Initial indications suggest there are 70 people onboard.
Patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg intercepted the second suspected irregular entry vessel northwest of Ashmore Islands this afternoon.
Initial indications suggest there are 37 people aboard.
This second vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft.
“Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people from both vessels to be transferred to Australian government authorities at Christmas Island,” Mr Clare said in a statement.
“At Christmas Island, they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.”Mr Clare said people arriving by boat without a visa after August 13 ran the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.
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