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Boat carrying 150 capsizes in Indian Ocean

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A boat carrying up to 150 asylum-seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean off the north coast of Australia. This comes less than a week after 90 people drowned in a similar incident.

­The asylum-seekers are all believed to be women and children, The Australian reports. A major rescue operation is under way in the area between Indonesia and Australia’s Christmas Island.



“The vessel has capsized, there are people in the water,” Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Jo Meehan told Australian television. “There are survivors and they will be recovering survivors. Reports are the conditions are fair, not ideal.”

This year alone, more than 50 boats carrying over 4,000 asylum-seekers have been detected by Australian authorities according to Reuters.