Asylum seekers on the run in the Daintree

Lamar Ellis
August 29, 2018

Locals they saw people fleeing into the forest after their vessel ran aground near Daintree River in the tropical far north of Queensland state on Sunday.

The ABC added that two others, including the boat's captain, were still missing.

"The ABF now has a contingent of officers on site and is grateful for the support provided by Queensland Police Service", the Department of Home Affairs said in a statement.

Police were this morning searching vehicles and caravans at the main checkpoint at the Daintree River ferry - the only crossing point on the crocodile-infested waters.

The department did not respond to questions of whether the vessel found off Cape Kimberley was carrying asylum-seekers, illegal migrants or fishermen.

It is the first people-smuggling boat to enter Australia in more than 1400 days.

"This boat arrival falls squarely on the toes of PM Scott Morrison", he tweeted."Unlike the chaos and division interior the government that has put the safety of Australia's borders in bother, Labor is a united team."One Nation chief Pauline Hanson has speedy these on the boat might maybe maybe even have headed for Australia on story of ultimate week's management disaster". Australia maintains a zero-tolerance, "stop the boats" policy which has been widely criticized.

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"There were people on it that just bailed out of the boat", he said".

A local tourism operator said he had seen an empty boat that "looked like Chinese junk".

If true, the boat is believed to be the first asylum seeker vessel to reach the Australian mainland in four years.

In 2014, Australia implemented a tough immigration policy that bars any asylum seeker who tries to arrive by boat from reaching its shores.

Nine News reports the captured have since been treated by paramedics for fever and chills and transported to Cairns.

MP George Christensen has since taken to social media to call for better border protection. "Unlike the chaos and division inside the Government that has put the security of Australia's borders at risk, Labor is a united team".

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