19 Jul 2013

Another asylum seeker boat reported

1:48 pm on 19 July 2013

Customs officers and West Australian police are on their way to intercept an asylum seeker boat off the Pilbara coast.

The ABC has been told a 20-metre vessel arrived at a floating oil platform 200km off Dampier on Friday morning.

Customs says it is unclear how many people are on the boat.

It is the third time in recent months a vessel has arrived near the coast undetected.

The ABC reports a boat carrying asylum seekers from Sri Lanka it turned up at the Port of Geraldton, 400km north of Perth, in April.

On Sunday, a boat was picked up 5km from the Broome shore.