Pakistani crew member who jumped off a livestock vessel and sneaked into Australia in massive quarantine breach, gets his Covid test results back
- Pakistani sailor who sneaked into Australia from the ship tested negative for Covid
- Crew member jumped off the cattle ship and escaped in a white van in Queensland
- He turned himself into the Townsville Police Department and is now in custody after his escape
- 11 other crew members who walked off the ship returned negative test results
- They sought asylum on Monday, while 37 other crew members remain on the ship
A Pakistani sailor who escaped quarantine by jumping off a livestock vessel and sneaking into Australia has tested negative for Covid.
There was a hectic nighttime manhunt after the crew member escaped from the MV Polaris when it was moored in a harbor in Townsville, North Queensland on Saturday.
Reportedly, the crew member left the dock in a white van around 8 p.m. on Saturday before turning to police on Sunday and being detained overnight.
The ship left Huanghua in China on April 12 and all crew members on the ship had to be quarantined. Eleven other crew members have returned negative test results.
Livestock vessel Polaris 3 (pictured) remains docked in Townsville after a crew member fled the ship and landed on Saturday evening
Another 11 crew members left the ship (photo) and are trying to apply for asylum in Australia
The eleven crew members were tested for walking from the boat to port, and applied for asylum in Australia on Monday morning.
The Australian Border Force said they have canceled their visas for granted and are working with Queensland authorities to ensure the safe quarantine and detention of the individuals.
The other sailors – who are said to be Syrian – have not technically violated the quarantine orders for not leaving the jetty.
“Eleven crew members have been tested so far and all are negative. Another crew member returned a negative test result this morning, ‘a Queensland Health spokesperson said Monday.
The ship left China with hundreds of animals on board and spent 17 days at sea before docking in Townsville on Thursday.
About 37 crew members are still on board the ship, which is believed to have left port.
A Pakistani crew member on board Polaris 3 (photo) fled Saturday evening by jumping overboard