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Survivors found in search for Australia asylum boat

31 August 2012 Last updated at 11:24 BST

More than 50 people have been rescued after a boat packed with migrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday.

A hundred and fifty people were thought to have been on board.

As the BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports from Sydney, refugees seeking asylum in Australia often set sail in dangerous and overcrowded boats.

Duncan Kennedy reports.