17 Nov 2009

More asylum seekers found in Australian waters

4:11 pm on 17 November 2009

Another boat with 41 asylum seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters.

Officials say the boat was intercepted late on Monday night 90 nautical miles southeast of Ashmore Islands, off northwest Australia, the ABC reports.

There were also two crew on board.

The group will now be taken to the Christmas Island detention facility for identity and health checks.

Four boats have been intercepted by Customs officials in the past four days.

The Government says the surge is due to external factors such as the war in Afghanistan and recent conflict in Sri Lanka.