29 Sep 2013

Australian Greens want inquiry into boat tragedy

3:03 pm on 29 September 2013

The Australian Greens are calling for immediate inquiry into boat tragedy that has left about 50 suspected asylum seekers dead or missing off Indonesia.

AAP reports that more than 20 people, including children, drowned and a further 30 are still missing after the boat carrying about 80 people broke up in rough seas off the coast of Java on Friday.

Survivors of the tragedy say Australian rescue authorities told them help was on the way, but it never came.

A statement from the office of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison rejects that saying suggestions Australian authorities did not respond to this incident appropriately are absolutely and totally wrong.

Australian authorities say they co-ordinated the initial rescue effort but could not locate the vessel.

At least 28 people have been found alive by Indonesian rescuers after the boat sank off a remote area off west Java.