Pakistan Navy sailor missing during Australian military exercise

Police say sailor might have deliberately jumped into the crocodile-infested waters to swim to the mainland


Afp September 07, 2014

SYDNEY: The Royal Australian Navy said Sunday it had launched a search for a Pakistan Navy sailor believed to have disappeared overboard during a multinational military exercise in the north of the country.

The navy said the sailor, who was not named, went missing early Sunday while the Pakistan Navy ship PNS Nasr was anchored at Darwin Harbour in the Northern Territory during the biennial KAKADU military exercises.

A Northern Territory police spokesman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the sailor might have deliberately jumped into the crocodile-infested waters to swim to the mainland.

"A backpack was found in the water which would indicate that the person leaving the ship did know what he was doing at the time and didn't simply fall off the ship," Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said.

"He was described as skulking in the bushes (on the mainland), so one can work out from that, probably he didn't want to be found."

"The Australian Defence Force is assisting with the search and rescue efforts," the military said in a statement, adding that the hunt for the sailor would involve boats and aircraft.

More than 1,000 people, eight warships and 26 aircraft from 15 Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean nations are involved in the maritime exercise, which lasts until September 12.

Burgoyne said the sailor was "probably lucky that he didn't come across one (crocodile) when he was in the water".

COMMENTS (23)

Sexton Blake | 7 years ago | Reply

@Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan: Dear Bakhtryar, Having moved around the world I have found that Australians, although not perfect, compare well with most nationalities. Obviously, Australians do have young hooligans who it is best to avoid, because they can be dangerous, and this applies to locals as well as newcomers, but this is so in most countries. Newcomers are well accepted, but tend to stand out because they speak differently, but their children blend in very well. When I use public transport I have found that the majority of passengers.are all shapes, sizes and colours. Newcomers from the sub-continent would not feel that they were somehow different, because they would be part of the norm. Australians now are a mixed bag of all different nationalities and from a casual observation newcomers appear to be overwhelmingly from the sub-continent and China. If the Pakistani sailor made it to land he would not stand out. Incidentally, most Australians cannot tell the difference between Indians, Pakistanis and Sri-Lankans by looks or accents

irfan butt | 7 years ago | Reply

i think he like Australia,and jumped to coast.to make better future in Australia.

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