Reporters on asylum seeker boat land in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) - Two foreign journalists on assignment for The New York Times Magazine arrived on a remote Australian island in the Indian Ocean after travelling on board a boat with dozens of asylum seekers, officials said.
The American and Dutch journalists, identified by The New York Times as Luke Mogelson and Joel van Houdt, walked off the boat on Monday morning after it landed on Christmas Island, where Australia operates a detention camp for asylum seekers, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said. Both had valid visas and were cleared by immigration officials on arrival.
The two are frequent contributors to The New York Times Magazine, the Times said in an emailed statement.
"We were glad to receive the news that they and the other 57 people on the boat are safe," the statement said. "Luke and Joel did take safety precautions, and they both had legal visas to enter Australia."