Pakistani seafarers face deportation from Australia after failed asylum leap

Australia’s Immigration Department has ruled it will deport three Pakistani seafarers who jumped from their livestock carrier last week in Fremantle in a shock asylum bid.

The men were working on the Bader III when they leapt off the vessel and swam to a berth operated by DP World where they were picked up, unable to get through the terminal’s security set-up.

The Bader III is now en route to the southern Israeli port of Eilat.

A similar incident happened five years ago when seven men were arrested by immigration authorities after walking off a different livestock ship in Fremantle.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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