Boat seen near WA

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SUS­PECTED asy­lum seeker boat has re­port­edly ap­proached Western Aus­tralia’s north coast. A spokesman for oil and gas sec­tor con­trac­tor MODEC has told var­i­ous media out­lets that the boat was spot­ted off Dampier by work­ers on a tanker. The asy­lum seeker boat re­port­edly en­tered the 500m ex­clu­sion zone around an oil rig, some 140km off the coast. It has also been re­ported that the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity will as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. The Gov­ern­ment would not com­ment.

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