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Aussie fugitive's epic voyage to freedom: Man accused of attack on flight attendants flees Thailand on a 'stolen' yacht with his ex-special forces brother and battles wild storms for SIX WEEKS before landing on home soil

An Australian already on the run for assaulting two air stewardess on a flight from Sydney to Bangkok last year has been arrested and released in Darwin after fleeing Thailand on a yacht chartered out of Phuket.

Owen Van Duren, 37, and his ex-special forces brother Shane, 43, arrived in Darwin last Sunday (Aug 26) after sailing for six weeks, reports the Daily Mail.

The pair had departed Phuket on July 7.

Van Duren had been in a Thai jail for six months, and fled on the yacht, a Nautitech Open 40 sailing catamaran built in 2015 named Pina Colada, while on bail.

The boat had been chartered from Elite Yachting at Phuket Boat Lagoon and was to be returned on July 21.

“We are obviously very concerned for the well-being of the crew,” Jurg Hofer, Managing Director of Elite Yachting Co Ltd, told The Phuket News at the time as the heavy weather was the tail end of the storm squalls that sank the Phoenix on July 5.

“The guests went out sailing on the 7th of July with an expected return date of the 21st of July and did not return.

“All the authorities have been informed in Thailand and other countries – but we have not any further information,” he added, noting that “a lot information had already been posted through social media,” Mr Hofer said.

According to the Daily Mail, local Darwin news portal NT News reported that Owen Van Duren was taken into custody by Northern Territory Police when he arrived in Darwin on Sunday, but was soon released.

“Australian authorities had also accused Van Duren of the mid-flight assault, but prosecutors withdrew the charges on Friday and sealed his freedom,” said the report.

“Thai prosecutors are believed to have prevented Australian authorities from proceeding with the charges, News Corp understands,” the report added.

It is not clear if Thai authorities will apply to have Van Duren extradited to face the assault charges, noted the Daily Mail.

A Border Force spokesman said the catamaran had been tracked for weeks before it arrived in Darwin, adding, “The vessel in question may have been stolen.”

more here thephuketnews.com
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