Asylum boat scare 'false alarm'

UPDATE: Fears of another asylum seeker boat disaster appear to have eased this morning, with Australian authorities saying a distress signal off Indonesia today is from a fishing vessel.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the vessel in trouble was about 20 nautical miles off the Java coast and Indonesian authorities were in charge of the rescue.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare this morning told the ABC that reports the vessel was carrying asylum seekers were unconfirmed.

"Yesterday we had reports of another vessel in distress 20 nautical miles south of Indonesia," he said.

"It came from a fisherman that had rung the Indonesian police and is being managed by Indonesian search and rescue."

 

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