Local resident Jack O’Donnell, says he spotted the boat and four of the refugees, they’re Tamils, swam with life jackets through the surf,” he said.
Mr O’Donnell says one man, who spoke broken English, said the people on board were exhausted and in need of food. Later on he alerted police who showed up and spoke to the four men. It is understood the boat has been towed to the island’s lagoon.
The asylum seekers have since been taken into custody and will be transferred to Christmas Island. The group has been transferred to Christmas Island for health, security and identity checks.