A people-smuggling boat carrying eight people has been intercepted by Australian authorities off the coast of Western Australia and turned back to Indonesia.
It is the 38th people-smuggling turnback since the Coalition launched Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013.
The eight “potential illegal immigrants” were returned to Indonesia after the small boat was intercepted near Cape Leveque by in mid-January.
All eight people on board, who were Chinese and Indonesian nationals, were returned to Indonesia. It is unclear how many were asylum seekers trying to reach Australia.