Two die on asylum boat off Indonesia

Two die on asylum boat off Indonesia

Two die on asylum boat off Indonesia

Updated 29 January 2013, 20:16 AEST

At least two asylum seekers have died on their way to Australia after their boat got into trouble off the Indonesian coast.

At least two asylum seekers have died on their way to Australia after their boat got into trouble off the Indonesian coast.

Indonesian authorities rescued 22 Sri Lankan asylum seekers after their vessel lost power and ran into rocks off the country's coast.

Immigration authorities say there were 25 people onboard originally.

But two died at sea and one jumped into the ocean and is still missing.

The remaining survivors will be taken into immigration detention in Indonesia.

The local immigration head, Syamsul Bahri, says a fisherman alerted guards on the island prison of Nusakambangan that the boat was in trouble.

He says the Sri Lankans had been at sea for two months, trying to get to Australia.

The island is in the Indian Ocean, separated by a narrow strait from the southern coast of Java.