Pakistani sailor jumped off a livestock ship urgent hunt underway.
A Pakistani national escaped from Quarantine center by jumping off the shi[ is being searched
The crew member was on livestock ship Polaris 3 when he breached international quarantine rules by jumping overboard while the vessel was docked in Townsville on Saturday night.
It’s understood the the border jumper made it to land and left the port in a white van and has not been seen since, Nine News reported.
The ship’s remaining crew have since asked to be left off and want to apply for asylum.
The Pakistani crew member remains on the run 24 hours after he jumped overboard.
ABF has confirmed a search for the man is continuing but declined to provide further details.
An ABF source told the Townsville Bulletin extra border force personnel were called in to transport the asylum seekers to hotel quarantine at a location outside of Townsville.
Federal local MP Phillip Thompson said was ABF and Queensland Health were working to quarantine and detain the individuals.
Queensland Health is working to protect the local community and to ‘ensure the health of officers from agencies involved’.
‘Crew members are being tested however the risk to the community is low,’ a spokesperson said.
The ship left Huanghua in China on April 12 with hundreds of livestock onboard and spent 17 days at sea before it arrived in Townsville on Thursday.
Around 37 crew members are still on the board the ship, which had been given clearance to leave the port.