Two arrested after authorities find suspected illegal fishing boat in Queensland

Two arrested after authorities find suspected illegal fishing boat in Queensland

Former border force chief Roman Quaedvlieg said Vietnamese fishing boats "have been illegally fishing in fleets" off the coast of Queensland over the last couple of years due to their own depleted stocks.

Home affairs minister Peter Dutton said: "Australia, we believe, has received the first. people-smuggling venture in over 1,400 days".

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear, but early reports suggest as many as 40 people may have been on board the boat when it started sinking.

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

An illegal fishing boat has run aground and been found abandoned in crocodile-infested waters in northern Queensland, Australia.

"We have thriving croc spotting operations all up and down the river", she told AAP.

"The unknown thing is did they actually end up going through the mangroves".

A boat carrying asylum seekers from Vietnam has arrived in Australia, the first such landing in four years.

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.

Police inspect a sunken vessel at Cape Kimberley located near the the Daintree River in northern Queensland Australia
Image Australian authorities have not confirmed how many people were on board or their nationalities

One Nation senator Pauline Hanson appeared on Sunrise this morning, and suggested the boatload of people chose to embark on their voyage to Australia because of the leadership spill.

Even if found to be refugees, they will never be offered resettlement in Australia - a controversial policy created to deter future arrivals.

"Because the eye was off the ball last week, and the news would have happened that Malcolm Turnbull was no longer prime minister, that these people would have got on a boat to come across to Australia", she told the Seven Network on Monday.

MP George Christensen has since taken to social media to call for better border protection.

"Qld borders need to be made more secure (especially) given proximity of PNG & Indonesia, considering level of radical Islamism in Indonesia, Malaysia & Philippines", he tweeted.

Dutton did not confirm how many passengers were on board or their nationalities.

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

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said 15 asylum seekers had been detained and authorities were searching for others from the Vietnamese boat, which was reported on Sunday.

Mr Dutton said those detained will be "deported from our country at the first available opportunity", adding the boat's arrival showed people smuggling remains a concern for officials.

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