Shipmates still AWOL in Alberni

Canada Border Service is still looking for the five Pakistani men who jumped ship then disappeared to the Lower Mainland last week.

There’s still no sign of the five Pakistani crewmen who jumped ship last week. Their ship - the Chitral - remains in dock and is undergoing repairs.

There’s still no sign of the five crewmen who jumped ship after docking in Port Alberni last week, a Canada Border Service spokesperson said.

The ship the crewmen were aboard was the Pakistan-registered Chitral, which arrived in Port Alberni a week ago Tuesday.

The men are of Pakistani descent and are carrying valid passports, but didn’t have permission to leave the ship.

The men were reported missing early Wednesday morning and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) issued the warrants later that day.

The warrants are for apprehension and questioning about what the men’s intentions are while they are here, Murray said.

Meanwhile the Chitral, which was supposed to have left by now, is still in dock undergoing repairs and will depart soon, Port Alberni Port Authority spokesperson Dave McCormick said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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