Australia urged to aid boat people

Ari Sharp; 26/12/09

The death of a Tamil man who had been aboard a boat moored at Merak in Indonesia has prompted renewed calls for Australia to help strike a deal to resettle the 246 people on board. George Jacob Samuel Christin, 29, was vomiting blood in the two days before he died on Wednesday night, according to Ian Rintoul, a refugee advocate based in the west Java port of Merak. He was given medical assistance earlier in the day on Wednesday before being returned to the boat, and was later told by the Indonesian navy he would need to agree to leave the boat in order to get further medical care, according to Mr Rintoul’s account.