27 Nov 2010

More boats of asylum seekers stopped

1:46 pm on 27 November 2010

The Royal Australian Navy has stopped two more boats carrying asylum seekers in waters off north-west Australia.

The first was intercepted by HMAS Pirie south of Ashmore Island on Thursday night, carrying 29 passengers and four crew members.

Another boat was stopped by HMAS Armidale southeast of Ashmore Island on Friday afternoon with 41 people on board.

Both groups will be taken to Christmas Island for health and security checks.

The ABC reports there have been a record number of asylum seeker boat arrivals this year.

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said on Saturday there have been 192 boats since Labor was first elected three years ago.