Journalists on smuggling boat intercepted off Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) - Two men claiming to be journalists were found on a people-smuggling boat intercepted off northern Australia, officials said on Monday, with reports that they had spent three days at sea and were badly sunburnt.
The pair, one Dutch and one United States national, were on board a vessel carrying 57 passengers that was detected by the navy's HMAS Armidale off remote Christmas Island overnight, a immigration official told AFP.
"Two people who disembarked from a suspected irregular entry vessel at Christmas Island today have presented as journalists," an immigration department spokeswoman said.
"These people had valid travel documents and held Australian visas. They have been cleared by immigration on arrival."