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AustraliaAustralian planes help save asylum seekers

12:05  04 june  2019
12:05  04 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Australian pilots have helped save dozens of asylum seekers from drowning at sea. The 41 asylum seekers were sailing from Sri Lanka to Australia 10 days ago when their vessel started to sink in the Indian Ocean. An Australian surveillance aircraft assisted members of the Sri Lankan Navy to rescue

Australian pilots have helped save dozens of asylum seekers from drowning at sea. The 41 asylum seekers were sailing from Sri Lanka to Australia 10 days ago when their vessel started to sink in the Indian Ocean. An Australian surveillance aircraft assisted members of the Sri Lankan Navy to rescue

Australian planes help save asylum seekers © AAP Images Australian surveillance planes have helped save 41 asylum seekers from drowning at sea in the Indian Ocean.

Australian pilots have helped save dozens of asylum seekers from drowning at sea.

The 41 asylum seekers were sailing from Sri Lanka to Australia 10 days ago when their vessel started to sink in the Indian Ocean.

An Australian surveillance aircraft assisted members of the Sri Lankan Navy to rescue those on board.

Operation Sovereign Borders boss Craig Furini, who is in Sri Lanka with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, praised the country's navy for pulling off the rescue.

"This highlights the very real danger of attempting these journeys," Major General Furini told The Australian.

"Before (Operation Sovereign Borders) started in 2013 more than 1200 drowned at sea attempting such journeys at sea. Since Operation Sovereign Borders began, there has been none."

It is the second vessel to attempt to reach Australia in the past month, and the third since March.

Several other boats are believed to have been detected in recent weeks.

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