A bloke wanted by cops has launched possibly the most daring escape attempt since John Killick's Russian lover hijacked a helicopter to bust him out of Silverwater Prison.
The 57-year-old British national, who was wanted for drug-related offences in Western Australia, loaded up a jet ski with extra fuel, a crossbow and what looks like a fishing rod and set off from Pundsand Bay on Cape York, in Far North Queensland.
Locals who were aware of his plan to jet ski his way to Papua New Guinea passed on the info to Queensland Police, who worked with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Australian Border Force Cutter vessel Roebuck Bay was then deployed and found the man and his trusty motor stuck on mudflats 148 km away, to the east of Saibai Island, and promptly arrested him.
He was then detained by Queensland Police on Thursday Island, awaiting extradition to WA.
"This arrest sends a strong message to would-be fugitives - our reach across Australia is second to none and we will use all our contacts and relationships to find you and bring you before a court," an AFP spokesperson said.