Crew of COVID infected super yacht "not cooperating" says Queensland health minister

After a female crew member of a luxury superyacht sailing from the Maldives to Cairns tested positive for coronavirus Queensland police have launched an investigation

Queensland health minister, Yvette D’Ath, has said that the crew has not been cooperating with contact tracing inquiries after they arrived in the state on Monday.

D’Ath said, “The superyacht in question has not been very cooperative at all in relation to information being provided to the Queensland Police Service.”

The luxury yacht, which contains a spa, gym, cinema, and heated pool with an elevator to take its guests between floors had visited Gibraltar, Egypt, and the Maldives, before embarking on the six-week journey to Cairns.

It is also understood that Queensland police are still trying to ascertain the nationalities of those on board.

Authorities are looking into every location the yacht visited and the interaction the crew had with members of the public before it started the last leg of its journey to Australia.

No crew members or passengers have yet provided police with close contact details and it remains uncertain how the virus entered the yacht. The infected crew member has been taken to Cairns hospital with the remainder of the crew isolating onboard. Jeannette Young, Queensland chief health officer, said “It is a lesson to us all that superyachts, that have come from elsewhere in the world, no matter how long they might have been at sea, are a risk, and are required to quarantine.” The superyacht is registered to the Cayman Islands and its records show it departed the Maldives on the 6th November.

The company that rents out the yacht, Burgess Yachts, said that it is named the Lady E and was totally rebuilt in 2020 and costs $785,000 a week to charter. It is reported to have been docked in Gibraltar in October before traveling to Port Said, Egypt the same month. However, it is unclear if the passenger and crew members have remained the same throughout the journey. Burgess Yachts have been unavailable for comment.


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