Early estimates are that up to 90 of the Muslim illegal alien invaders may be dead and 40 others are clinging to the hull of an upturned overloaded boat. Australia’s Navy is now engaged in a superhuman effort to rescue survivors. No comment.
NEWS AU (H/T Shirl in Oz) West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said about 40 people were spotted on the upturned hull, others were in the water and up to 90 others may be dead. “We have grave fears for the remainder,” he said.
Mr O’Callaghan told Channel 7 the force had mounted a significant response and a team of search and rescue officers, including specialists in night searches, was being sent to Christmas Island tonight.
George Newhouse, who heads the social justice practice for Shine Lawyers, said he had seen the suffering of the survivors and the relatives of SIEV 221 disaster at Christmas Island in December 2010. “The latest boat accident north of Christmas Island proves that Australian government policies are putting people’s lives at risk,” he said in a statement. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen accused the Opposition of courting tragedy by refusing to support the government’s bill aimed at resurrecting offshore processing.
More than 50 asylum seekers died when a boat known as SIEV 221 crashed against rocks off Christmas Island in December 2010. And as many as 200 people drowned last December when a boat sank off the coast of East Java on its way to Australia.
So far this year, 57 boats carrying a total of 4006 passengers and 82 crew have arrived in Australia. For the month of June, there have been 18 boats carrying more than 1100 people.