Australia Rescuers Hunt for 90 Asylum Seekers as Boat Sinks

Australia Rescuers Hunt for 90 Asylum Seekers as Boat Sinks

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A barge carrying rescued suspected asylum seekers nears Christmas Island on June 22, 2012 on Christmas Island. Rescuers are searching for survivors off the coast of Christmas Island after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers capsized yesterday. The boat was believed to be carrying 200 asylum seekers when an Australian Customs and Border Protection surveillance plane spotted a vessel in distress at 3pm AEST yesterday. Three men have been confirmed dead, with up to 90 missing after 110 people were rescued. Indonesian and Australian authorities are cooperating in the rescue effort, which is centred on an area approximately 200km north of Christmas Island.