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Seafarer charged after swimming ashore

A crew member of a bulk carrier ship who allegedly jumped into the water and swam ashore at a WA port has been charged with failing to comply with quarantine directions.

WA Police said the 37-year-old man was a crew member on a bulk carrier which berthed at the Albany Port on Thursday.

It is alleged the 37-year-old Vietnamese national jumped into the water on Saturday, and swam ashore in contravention of border and maritime crew directions.

Crew of ships are not permitted ashore onto WA land under the emergency management quarantine directions.

The man was found by police shortly before 7pm on Saturday at an Albany backpackers lodge.

He was tested for COVID-19, which was negative, and his health assessed.

The man was charged with failing to comply with a direction and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday.

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