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3 injured asylum seekers to be airlifted to Perth hospital in Western Australia

12-15-2010 16:55 BJT

SYDNEY, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Three injured asylum seekers will be airlifted to a Perth hospital in Western Australia on Wednesday after suffering head and abdominal injuries when their boat struck rocks off Christmas Island of Australia.

The boat, reportedly carrying up to 70 asylum seekers, including some women and children, hit the cliffs around 7 a.m. ( local time) on Wednesday.

Royal Flying Doctor spokeswoman Joeley Pettit-Scott said two medical teams were being sent to Christmas Island in a jet expected to leave Perth airport at 1 p.m. (local time) despite bad weather.

Pettit-Scott said the Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet would be sent to Christmas Island to retrieve the three injured asylum seekers, two with head injuries and one with abdominal injuries.

She said the flight was expected to arrive at Christmas Island late on Wednesday afternoon.

"There is potential the jet may go back again if there are a lot of patients to pick up but we just don't know the situation at this stage," she said.

The three were likely to be treated at Royal Perth Hospital.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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