Australia says two die in boat sinking off Indonesia
SYDNEY (AFP) - At least two people died when an asylum-seeker boat sank off the Indonesian island of Java and 30 people were rescued, Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat have died in their attempts to make the sea voyage in recent years, and Mr Morrison said the sinking highlighted the dangers of people-smuggling.
Mr Morrison said the Australian authorities received information from Jakarta that 30 people were rescued from a sunken vessel in Indonesian waters some 75 nautical miles off West Java on Monday.
"There have been reports of three deceased persons. However, this has not yet been confirmed through our (diplomatic) post," Mr Morrison told Parliament. "Our post has advised of two deaths and several persons being in a critical condition."