The SECOND major rescue operation in a week by Australia is under way north of Christmas Island after the capsize of an Afghan Muslim invader boat, thought to be carrying up to 150 people.
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asylum seekers infiltrators are in the water and clinging to their overturned Type 4 fishing vessel 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island.
Authorities are considering the possibility that the vessel was carrying the wives and children of the men and teenage males who were aboard last week’s vessel that capsized in the same area with the loss of up to 90 people.
Two merchant vessels, including a tug boat, are already on the scene and attempting to rescue the stricken, believed at this stage to be Afghan, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the HMAS Maitland was en route to the site of the disaster and was expected to reach the boat at about 2pm (AEST) and HMAS Leeuwin is due to arrive about two hours later. A P3 Orion surveillance plane was also around two hours away.
According to the report ”up to 150 people” could be on board. The incident comes one week to the day after a boat carrying more than 200 people capsized north of Christmas Island on its way to Australia.
tragedy incident, which claimed up to 90 lives, reignited the political debate over offshore processing, heaping pressure on both sides of politics to do a deal to restore some sort of deterrent.
Since the High Court overturned offshore processing, Muslim economic freeloader boats have been arriving at a record frequency, fulfilling the prophecy of senior public servants, politicians and border security experts, who said an increase in boat traffic was inevitable without a robust deterrent.
More than 40 MPs from all sides of politics have joined a cross-parliamentary group demanding a compromise solution to the nation’s border protection crisis.