Superyacht captain denies claims crew isn’t cooperating with Qld Health

The captain of a superyacht under investigation in Cairns has denied accusations that the crew isn’t being cooperative.

A crew member – a woman in her 20s – tested positive to coronavirus yesterday, with authorities now investigating the source of the infection.

It’s understood she was isolating on a superyacht in Cairns with five other crew members, after they arrived from the Maldives recently.


Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that the rest of the crew wasn’t cooperating with authorities as they carried out investigations.

But the vessel’s Captain James Kennedy has since put out a media statement denying the claims.

“We are fully cooperating with the authorities and have followed all protocols before docking in Cairns and since arrival,” it reads.

“Our team have quarantined, undertaken all necessary COVID-19 tests and stand ready to provide whatever details the authorities deem necessary.

“We remain ready to comply in full.”

It comes as the state prepares for more coronavirus cases to be linked to the group, in figures yet to be released today.

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