Merchant ships play pivotal role in asylum seeker rescues
Three merchant vessels have assisted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Australian Customs and Border Protection in the rescue of 130 asylum seekers from waters between Christmas Island and Indonesia.
A vessel, suspected to be illegally transporting asylum seekers, capsized early yesterday.
Merchant vessel Bison Express and the Damen ASD Tug 2310 rescued a combined 77 survivors from the water, and the Border Protection ship HMAS Maitland rescued a further 53...
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