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Jet Ski Fugitive Arrested Allegedly Trying To Flee Australia

Police have arrested a fugitive who was allegedly attempting to flee Australia on a jet ski.

The 57-year-old UK national was allegedly trying to reach Papua New Guinea from the Cape York peninsula in far north Queensland.

On Monday, Queensland Police in Bamaga informed Australian Border Force (ABF) officials they had seen the man launching a jet ski at Punsand Bay on Cape York, "possibly armed with a crossbow and carrying additional fuel and supplies".

Police identified the UK national as being subject to an outstanding warrant for drug related charges in WA.

Officers from the ABF, Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Queensland Police, onboard ABF vessel Roebuck Bay, located the man and the jet ski on mudflats on the eastern side of Saibai Island, in the Torres Strait.

A Queensland Police officer then detained the man before he was taken to nearby Thursday Island pending his extradition to WA.

The man was was seen launching a jet ski at Punsand Bay. He was later arrested on Saibai Island and taken to nearby Thursday Island. Image: Google Maps

ABF Commander Northern Command Jo Crooks said the man's arrest showed the effectiveness of a  "joint agency approach" in the Torres Strait.

“This is a perfect example of local intelligence sharing, community support, ABOC coordination and our maritime capability, all working together to enable a quick and effective multi-agency response to a situation,” Crooks said.

The man was allegedly attempting to flee Australian on a jet ski. Image: AFP

An AFP spokesperson said the 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," the spokersperson said.

Featured image: Australian Federal Police