Australian authorities apprehended the crew and took them to Darwin. The boat was originally sighted on March 15 when officers allegedly saw the men fishing and hauling live shark on to the deck of the vessel.
Australian officials say that HMAS Pirie intercepted and boarded the vessel at sea and due to the unfavourable sea conditions and the unseaworthiness of the fishing boat, the vessel began taking on water. "Despite the best efforts of officers to assist, the vessel sank overnight."
The Indonesian crew was safely brought aboard HMAS Pirie before being taken to Darwin by HMAS Maitland for processing.