It’s not clear what this means but it doesn’t look good.
Australian police said on Monday 28 life-jackets had washed up on a beach in the Cocos Islands, but there was no specific incident they could link them to and no search was under way.
The life-jackets, found on the Indian Ocean territory off Western Australia on Friday, had sparked fears that asylum-seekers may once again have drowned en route to Australia.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) initially said that eight life-jackets were found but later updated this number to 28.
It appears likely that the life-jackets came from an asylum-seeker boat which suggests there was some incident. The lifejackets were expensive and would not have been thrown overboard. There is no word of an investigation. It’s unsolved.