No hope for 55 people lost in Indian Ocean capsize
CANBERRA (AP) - Rescue authorities have given up hope of finding any survivors after an asylum seeker boat carrying at least 55 people to Australia capsized in the Indian Ocean.
The boat's submerged hull was spotted by air on Friday, and bodies, life jackets and debris have been spotted near Christmas Island, an Australian territory nearer to Indonesia than to the mainland.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority called off the air and search on Sunday night based on medical advice that no one could have survived that long in the sea, a statement said.
The authority and border protection officials decided on Monday not to mount a new search to recover the bodies due to other demands on resources.