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12/15/2010

Asylum seekers boat disaster

A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island on December 15, 2010. Twenty-seven asylum seekers have died and dozens may be missing after heavy waves smashed their timber boat onto rocks on Christmas Island in the Indian  Ocean off Australia on Wednesday, sinking the boat and  throwing people into stormy seas. Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin shares some of images of the disaster here.

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A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island in this still image taken from video December 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Network 7 via Reuters TV

 

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A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island in this still image taken from video December 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Network 7 via Reuters TV

 

 

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A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island in this still image taken from video December 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Network 7 via Reuters TV

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A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island in this still image taken from video December 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Network 7 via Reuters TV

 

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An  injured female survivor of the Christmas Island boat wreck arrives at the Perth Airport on December 16, 2010 in Perth, Australia. 27 people including women and children have been confirmed dead and 42 people have been rescued after a boat carrying mostly Iraqi and Iranian asylum seekers crashed into the rocks of Christmas Island on the morning of December 15. Christmas Island is a territory of Australia, located 1600km off the Australian west coast and home to an 800-bed immigration detention and processing centre.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

 

 

 

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Rescuers are seen on the rocky shore on Christmas Island, where a refugee boat sank, in this handout December 15, 2010. Dozens of asylum seekers are  feared dead after heavy waves smashed their timber boat onto rocks on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, sinking the boat and throwing 70 to 80 people into stormy seas.  REUTERS/ABC/Handout

 

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Residents and police (R) try to rescue refugees from an asylum boat (C) being smashed by violent seas against the jagged coastline of Australia's Christmas Island on December 15, 2010.  Christmas Island residents watched horrified as the tragedy unfolded in front of them, helpless to assist those dashed against the rocks and debris in the churning sea.                   AFP PHOTO / AAP IMAGE

 

 

 

 

 

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