Australia says survivors from suspected asylum boat spotted

By REUTERS
August 30, 2012 01:49

 
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SYDNEY - Survivors from a suspected asylum seeker boat carrying about 150 people that appears to have sunk have been spotted in Indonesian waters, Australian maritime officials said on Thursday.

Australian and Indonesian search and rescue teams are heading to the area, around 8 nautical miles southwest of Java, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said in a statement.

A person on board the unidentified boat had contacted Australian rescue authorities by telephone on Wednesday, saying the vessel had engine trouble and needed assistance.

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