The man, who was picked up from a yacht, was on bail on sexual assault charges.

Australian fugitive uncovered hiding in ship’s air-conditioning vent with cash and knife

When this could sound like one thing from an motion film, Australian authorities say the drama unfolded in genuine everyday living above the weekend.

On Saturday morning, a cargo ship headed for the harbor city of Newcastle, New South Wales, came across a yacht that experienced encountered issues in the drinking water off the coastline of Yamba, in accordance to Australian Border Force. The crew hooked up a tow line to convey the yacht with them to Newcastle, and took the yacht’s skipper — a 31-year-old gentleman — on board.

But as the ship approached its location afterwards that evening, it was found that the tow line carrying the yacht experienced been snapped, and the yacht — and the person — had been missing.

A dog unit found the man hiding in an air-conditioning unit on the cargo ship.

Authorities searched the location for the missing man, but could not identify him, the border pressure said.

On Monday — two days soon after the man’s disappearance — officers from the NSW Police and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers searched the cargo ship with dogs and found the gentleman hidden in an air-conditioning device.

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Officers, who found the guy was in breach of his bail in excess of an alleged sexual assault, think he deliberately reduce the yacht unfastened, and had planned to stow away on the ship until it left Australia for Malaysia.

Officers arrested the person and seized 4,435 Australian bucks (close to $3,070) in funds and a knife, which will bear forensic assessment. Border power officials claimed he was charged with breach of bail and would look in advance of a court docket Wednesday.