Search underway for troubled asylum seeker boat

June 8, 2013 - 12:29PM
Natalie O'Brien

Australian navy vessels have been sent to search for an asylum seeker boat which is believed to have sunk about 65 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island.

The search for the boat with about 60 people on board is being coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre.

A spokesman for Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said Border Protection Command assets are currently conducting a search approximately 65 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island for a possible foundered vessel.


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