A CREW member on a bulk carrier berthed at Albany jumped overboard and swam ashore on 7 January.

Police arrested the 37-year-old Vietnamese national on 9 January at an Albany backpackers accommodation site.

He was charged and refused bail after failing to comply with the emergency management quarantine directions upon arriving in Western Australia.

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The man was tested for COVID-19 and returned a negative result.

WA Premier Mark McGowan told reporters that this was “an unusual case”. “This is the only time I’m aware of someone jumping off a ship into the water and swimming ashore. Clearly, that was not something anyone would have predicted,” he said.

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