Missing man could be trying to stay in country
Local authorities suspect a Chinese national who is still missing after disappearing from a Pilbara port last week may be trying to stay in Australia.
Tongqing Yu, 42, was working on a Chinese transport company boat in Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert port when he walked off while on shore leave early last Wednesday morning.
Roebourne police led a search mission in Cape Lambert and the surrounding towns of Wickham and Point Samson last week and put out a call for information from the public.
Roebourne police case coordinator Jerry Samoa said police suspected the man was trying to stay in Australia, as he had walked off the boat “out of the blue” without permission.
“We’re looking at someone who doesn’t want to be found,” he said.
Sergeant Samoa said given no information had come through from the public, the man may have left the area and had help.
The case has been handed over to Federal Government immigration agency Border Force, which has an office in Dampier.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said they had cancelled the man’s maritime crew visa and were working to locate him.