Risking it all for asylum

Dr Ling Yoong

GP, former medical director of asylum seeker health services at Nauru, Manus and Christmas islands 

The wreck

Christmas Island, Indian Ocean Territory, Australia, 15 December 2010. Weather conditions at 5.30am: heavy rain, misty, gusty wind at 40 knots, huge swell of three to four metres, and visibility down to 50 metres.

I woke at 5.30am with an unsettling premonition that something