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Thu Oct 23 04:22:21 SAST 2014

Up to 75 feared dead in Australia boat capsize

Sapa-AFP | 21 June, 2012 12:37
Map locating area north of Australia's Christmas Island where a boat carrying 200 suspected asylum seekers capsized, rescue officials said on Thursday
Image by: RNGS / Reuters

Australian police said Thursday that early reports suggested up to 75 asylum seekers had died after their boat capsized off remote Christmas Island en route from Sri Lanka.

Western Australia police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said a "large number" of the 200 on board were feared to have perished.

"Some of the very early reports suggest that up to 75 people may have drowned, but I do stress that they are unconfirmed at this stage," O'Callaghan told reporters.

"There were about 200 refugees on board we think. Currently there's about 40 on the hull and the rest are in the water," he added.

O'Callaghan said police were "very concerned for a large number of people who may have drowned" as a result of the capsize, which occurred in Indonesian waters 120 nautical miles north of Australia's Christmas Island.

"We know from what we've been hearing from the aircraft that there's not 200 life jackets on board," he added.

O'Callaghan said it looked as though the operation "will have to go well into the night".

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