The number of confirmed dead from the Christmas Island boat tragedy off Australia’s north west has now risen to 30, with the discovery of two more bodies.
The bodies were recovered by divers sent in by the Australian Federal Police yesterday to scour beneath the surface near the wreckage of the asylum boat.
The boat broke up on rocks, tossing up to one-hundred people into the water.
The latest victims are a man in his mid-20’s and a boy aged around 10 to 12.
Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor says it’s still not clear exactly how many people may have drowned.
“We are not in a position at this point to determine whether there were other people on the vessel,” he said.
The search and recovery operation will continue again today with local volunteer emergency crews joining personnel from Customs and Border Protection.