Yep, another boat [updated]
This one sent out a distress call, is believed to be carrying 180 passengers, and hasn’t been found yet.
AUSTRALIAN rescue authorities have received a distress call from an asylum-seeker boat carrying up to 180 people south of Indonesia.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority received a call from the vessel at 4.30am (AEST) today.
The boat has not yet been sighted but AMSA has put out a call to merchant vessels in the area for assistance.
The vessel is understood to be 50 nautical miles south of Indonesia.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the vessel had reported it was taking on water.
Shame on Labor for ripping up a policy that worked. Shame on the Greens for not bending and agreeing to some sort of a compromise solution.
Sending out a distress call is just their latest tactic. What an effing joke.
In a satellite call to Australia from the boat, passengers said the vessel was taking on water in 3m waves in conditions described as “sea state six”.
So our navy sent HMAS Wollongong to assist:
When it arrived at 10am there was no signs of distress and the vessel was headed towards Christmas Island.