- A 57-year-old British man wanted on drug charges in Australia was detained after a two-day chase around the Torres Strait, off the northern tip of the country.
- Local witnesses say they saw him getting on a jet ski on Monday, possibly armed with a crossbow, at Pundsand Bay in northern Australia, police said.
- He was found two days later 95 miles away on eastern Saibai Island, near southern Papua New Guinea.
A British fugitive was arrested while allegedly trying to flee Australia on a jet ski on Wednesday, police said.
The 57-year-old man, who was not named, was arrested after a two-day chase around the remote Torres Strait Islands in northern Australia, near southern Papua New Guinea. He had been wanted on drug charges in Western Australia, police said.
Locals told police that on Monday the man, who according to officials may have been armed with a crossbow, had been seen getting on a jet ski at Pundsand Bay on Cape York, northern Australia.
The Briton was found two days later on mud flats on eastern Saibai Island, an Australian island near southern Papua New Guinea about 95 miles away.
Australian police and border force authorities detained the man after deploying a boat along the Torres Strait.
Jock O’Keeffe, a spokesman for Queensland police, told The Guardian that the man had a crossbow throughout his escape but didn’t have a weapon on him at the time of the arrest.
“He gave it a red-hot go,” O’Keeffe said. “It’s a bit unusual to try and get from Pundsand Bay all the way to PNG [Papua New Guinea]. He stuck out like the proverbial [sore thumb].”
The Australian Federal Police tweeted on Wednesday: “Major Key Alert: As we know from DJ Khaled – jet skis are NOT your friend,” referring to the musician getting lost while riding a jet ski in Miami in 2015.
“A 57yo UK fugitive allegedly fleeing Aus on a jet ski armed with a crossbow found the hard way,” the force added.
A spokesman for the Australian Federal Police added in a Wednesday statement: “This arrest sends a strong message to would-be fugitives – our reach across Australia is second to none and we will use all our contacts and relationships to find you and bring you before a court.”
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