Asylum seekers rescued after boat capsized

MORE than 100 asylum seekers were plucked from the high seas about 120km nautical miles north of Christmas Island when their boat rolled on Tuesday.

The 106 people on board were rescued after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority received a call for help from those on board early Tuesday morning.

By around midday, Customs Dash-8 aircraft arrived on scene, finding "a foundered vessel" upright but partially submerged in the water, with several people thrown from the boat.

At about 12.25pm, the HMAS Parramatta arrived and began pulling people from the water, recovering only two with minor injuries.

A merchant vessel and the HMAS Pirie were also tasked to help, with rescue operations continuing into the late afternoon.

Further information was not available at time of filing.


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