Man caught trying to escape country in ship’s air con vent

A man will reappear in court today, after a botched and bizarre escape attempt in New South Wales.

It’s understood the 31-year-old man from Peakhurst was travelling on a yacht, before it encountered trouble in waters off the coast of Yamba on Saturday morning (June 20).

A nearby bulk carrier vessel, headed for Newscastle, came to the yacht’s assistance, attaching a tow line and bringing the man onboard.


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When the carrier entered Newcastle Waters later that night, it was discovered that the tow line had been snapped and the man was missing.

Officers from the Marine Area Command were then called in, and conducted an extensive search of the area, which continued into Sunday.

But the man could not be found.

NSW Police and ABF officers eventually found the man hiding inside air-conditioning vents on the bulk carrier, along with $4,435 cash and a knife.

Subsequent checks revealed the man was in breach of his bail over an alleged sexual assault.

He was arrested and will front court today, with police to allege that he deliberately cut the tow line and planned to hide onboard the ship until it was due to depart Newscastle for Malaysia.

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