Australia: Boat Full of Asylum Seekers Capsizes off Christmas Island

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 20, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A boat carrying an estimated 105 people has capsized off of Christmas Island, a small island northwest of Australia and south of Indonesia.

The boat, which is in Australian waters, was 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island when it sunk, according to the Sydney Morning Herald

Rescue ships arrived on the scene and is conducting a rescue operation with support from a helicopter.

The boat appeared headed to Australia, which would make it the first boat crisis since Australian officials made a new asylum seeker policy in July that doesn’t let asylum seekers come into Australia by boat. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.