Australia to take 198 Indonesian asylum seekers to Christmas Islands

Australia to take 198 Indonesian asylum seekers to Christmas Islands

Jakarta : Indonesia | Sep 23, 2012 at 6:01 AM PDT
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Australian navy rescues 162 from asylum seeker boat in Indonesian waters

A boat with nearly 200 asylum seekers from Indonesia and headed for the Christmas Islands had capsized and Australia would be ferrying the survivors to their destination by air.

This has been reported in of dated the 22nd of September 2012.

The boat had not capsized or sunk as informed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority but has been located drifting in the southern Sunda Strait about 40 nautical miles south of Panaitan Island and are believed to be safe.

The rescue was affected by the Australian navy vessel Larrakia and the asylum seekers were taken off by two merchant vessels in the area.

Earlier, on 28th of August 2012, an overloaded boat with 160 Afghan asylum seekers had capsized in the southern Sunda Strait and while 55 people were eventually rescued, some after 36 hours in the water, the remaining 100 including children and women, met a watery grave.

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