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COVID-19: three bulk carrier crew to fly to Perth, ship to sail away

A special charter flight will transfer three crew members from a coronavirus-plagued ship from the Pilbara to Perth, as the vessel finally prepares to leave over the weekend.

Premier Mark McGowan says the Patricia Oldendorff, which has been anchored off WA’s northern coast for weeks, is expected to sail away from Port Hedland on Saturday following a deep clean.

One crew member who is being transferred on the charter flight is still infected with coronavirus, while the other two have not had COVID-19 but will need to complete their quarantine.

“We are expecting she will sail tomorrow,” Mr McGowan told reporters on Friday.

“Eighteen of the crew have recovered and we expect they will be on-board to sail the ship away.

“Three of the crew members we expect will remain here, be transferred by charter to Perth, put into quarantine and then the company will be responsible for repatriating those people following that process.”

The bulk carrier has been anchored off the coast since last month after most of its 21 Filipino crew members became ill.

Meanwhile, two returned international travellers tested positive overnight and are in hotel quarantine.

Originally published as Sick ship crew flying to Perth

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