Miss­ing man could be try­ing to stay in coun­try

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera ■

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.

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice/Face­book

Tongqing Yu.

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