One boat carrying 44 asylum-seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, was intercepted by officials from Border Protection Command late last night and was escorted into Christmas Island’s Flying Fish Cove. Passengers remain on board the moored boat this morning waiting to be taken ashore.
Within hours another boat arrived off the island and was this morning being escorted by the navy into Flying Fish Cove. It is unclear how many people are aboard the second boat or where they are from.
Later this morning, authorities said they were preparing to intercept a third boat about 30 nautical miles from Christmas Island. The new boat arrivals came as federal parliament broke up for its winter break with no solution to the deadlock over asylum-seeker policy.
There are currently around 1300 detainees on the island, Australian media reports.