Another boat missing after answering Labor's siren call
Daily Telegraph Blog
Thursday, June 13, 2013 (11:34am)
Thirty people were believed to be on board AMSA SAR 2013-3877, aka “Jayawe”, the 24-metre Sri-Lankan type vessel which our border protection aircraft have been searching for in the Indian Ocean northwest of Cocos Islands since receiving a “pan pan” or distress signal on Sunday. The search has now been suspended and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says, “Concern is held for the safety” of the boat. This is what ASMA told me mid morning Thursday:
“The search for a vessel that may be disabled north-west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands concluded at last light local time yesterday (8pm AEST, 12 June). AMSA coordinated a three day search using two aircraft, including AMSA’s Perth-based Dornier and a RAAF P3 Orion, in an area more than 267 000 square nautical miles. The vessel was not relocated.
The original search and rescue communique from AMSA referred to a “pan pan” or distress call, from a 24-metre “Sri Lankan type” fishing vessel spotted north west of Cocos Island.
“The vessel has multiple persons onboard, distinctive yellow sides, a red stripe, blue hull with aft coachouse”. This is the latest AMSA communique:
Maritime Safety Information current at 130130 UTC JUN 13 Issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia)
Part 1. Distress, Urgency, CQ and Safety Messages:
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