Largest asylum seeker boat in years intercepted by Navy

Largest asylum seeker boat in years intercepted by Navy

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has admitted rescuing asylum seekers is placing increased operational pressure on the Australian navy.

It comes as two Navy boats have gone to the aid of an asylum seeker boat overnight with 211 people on board – the largest number to arrive on a single boat since Labor came to power.

Mr Bowen has today responded to reports that the navy’s patrol boast are literally cracking up under the strain of intercepting a surge in asylum seeker arrivals.

Defence has now ordered an immediate investigation into its overworked fleet, amid concerns it could jeopardise the navy’s long-term.

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