Rescue officials: Boat carrying 200 sinks off NW Australia

June 21, 2012 10:45

SYDNEY - A boat carrying around 200 people has capsized in Indonesian waters 120 nautical miles (220 km) north of Australia's Christmas Island, the Australia Maritime Safety Authority said on Thursday.

An Australian defense force aircraft had spotted survivors in the water, Sky News reported.

Refugees seeking asylum in Australia often set sail from Indonesia heading for Christmas Island in dangerous and overcrowded boats.

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