Boat of illegal immigrants travelling from Indonesia turned back

“Eight potential illegal immigrants have been returned to Indonesia after a people smuggling vessel targeting Australia was intercepted by Australian authorities,” Mr Dutton said in a statement on Monday.

“All eight people on board were safely turned back to Indonesia.

“We will not tolerate a return to past circumstances where more than 1200 people died at sea attempting illegal and dangerous journeys to Australia.

“Illegal maritime travel to Australia is as pointless as it is dangerous. There is zero chance of illegal migration to Australia.”

The vessel was intercepted in mid-January off the coast of Western Australia during an air surveillance operation.

It is understood to have been spotted near Cape Leveque, which is about 240 kilometres north of Broome.

With AAP


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