Joint ACBPS and AMSA media release

Border Protection Command assists vessel – Final Update: 18.38 AEST - 20 August 2013

Australian authorities have suspended search and rescue operations for survivors from a foundered vessel 120nm north of Christmas Island after rescuing 106 people.

The suspension follows confirmation from on scene crews and interviews with survivors that all survivors have been recovered. HMAS Parramatta is now en route to Christmas Island with survivors on board.

Information received from survivors indicates that up to five people remain unaccounted for. After an extensive search of the area for further survivors or bodies, none have been sighted, it is therefore believed any people unaccounted for have gone down with part of the vessel.

HMAS Parramatta was assisted by a merchant ship, a Customs and Border Protection Dash-8 surveillance aircraft, and an RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, all operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre. The merchant ship and the aircraft have been released from their tasking.

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Customs and Border Protection Media (02) 6275 6793

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