A boat carrying up to 100 asylum seekers crashed into cliffs at Christmas Island in terrible weather yesterday, killing 28 people, including women and children. It's a heartbreaking tale, with graphic photos and videos showing people desperately trying keep themselves afloat as the boat smashed into debris on the cliffs.

The navy managed to rescue 44 people -- all Iraqis and Iranians -- from the waters, with 11 of those being under 18. The number of dead could rise as bodies are still being collected.

Christmas Island locals gathered on the cliffs attempting to help the asylum seekers, throwing life jackets against the strong winds. They provided deeply distressing first-person accounts of the tragedy.