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Search after ‘illegal’ boat runs aground in croc-infested waters

Search after ‘illegal’ boat runs aground in croc-infested waters

AUSTRALIA: Dozens of foreigners were believed to be on the run today (Aug 27) in an Australian mangrove rainforest after their suspected illegal fishing boat ran aground in crocodile-infested waters.

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By AFP

Monday 27 August 2018, 01:19PM


Australian authorities are searching crocodile-infested waters and mangrove forests for people seen fleeing their boat after it ran aground yesterday (Aug 26). Photo: Saeed Khan / AFP

Australian authorities are searching crocodile-infested waters and mangrove forests for people seen fleeing their boat after it ran aground yesterday (Aug 26). Photo: Saeed Khan / AFP

The Australian Border Force said a “number of potential unlawful non-citizens” were located, but did not reveal their country of origin or whether they were fishermen or asylum-seekers.

Locals say they saw people fleeing into the forest after their vessel ran aground near Daintree River in the tropical far north of Queensland state yesterday (Aug 26).

Media reports said they may be from Vietnam, although a marine rescue official told broadcaster ABC it was an Indonesian boat.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 15 people had been detained so far. Brisbane's Courier Mail said up to 20 others may still be within the dense terrain.

The ancient Daintree rainforest – some 120 kilometres north of popular tourist city Cairns – is home to crocodiles, snakes and the giant cassowary flightless bird, one of the world’s deadliest due to its aggressiveness.

State Emergency Service area controller Peter Rinaudo said his crews were searching through the mangroves and near the mouth of the river.

“It’ll be a hard slog, it’s still quite warm in there and it’ll be tough conditions for the guys,” he told national broadcaster ABC.

“I hope the people, however many there are, get located – it’s not a nice area for them to be in.”

Former Border Force chief Roman Quaedvlieg tweeted today that Vietnamese fishing boats “have been illegally fishing in fleets” off the far north Queensland coast in the past two years due to their own depleted fishing stocks.

“Possible the Daintree vessel & crew have used this activity as a staging point to make Oz landfall & avoid returning to VN (Vietnam),” he added.

If the boat were carrying asylum-seekers, it would be the first time in four years that such a vessel has reached Australian shores.

Asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are either turned back or sent to remote Pacific camps where conditions have been widely criticised.

They are blocked from resettling in Australia.

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