The second such incident in less than a week comes on the heels of an announcement that Australia won't accept new boat arrivals.
Australia plans to airlift refugees from an intercepted boat to Malaysia next week. It will film their forced return and post it on YouTube to deter future refugees from trying to reach its shores.
A Christian Science perspective.
Asylum seekers: Navy and customs officers plucked 42 survivors — including nine children — from the raging surf off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean soon after their boat broke apart and sank Wednesday.
Australia is struggling to balance humanitarian responsibilities to asylum seekers with national concerns about the economic impact of their migration.