(CNN)A suspect in an Australian sexual assault case has been apprehended with a weapon and a stash of cash, after he tried to flee the country by hiding in the air-conditioning vent of a ship.
Australian fugitive found hiding in ship's air-conditioning vent with cash and a knife
While this may sound like something from an action movie, Australian authorities say the drama unfolded in real life over the weekend.
On Saturday morning, a cargo ship headed for the harbor city of Newcastle, New South Wales, came across a yacht that had encountered difficulties in the water off the coast of Yamba, according to Australian Border Force. The crew attached a tow line to bring the yacht with them to Newcastle, and took the yacht's skipper -- a 31-year-old man -- on board.
But as the ship approached its destination later that evening, it was discovered that the tow line carrying the yacht had been snapped, and the yacht -- and the man -- were missing.
Authorities searched the area for the missing man, but could not locate him, the border force said.
On Monday -- two days after the man's disappearance -- officials from the NSW Police and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers searched the cargo ship with dogs and found the man hidden in an air-conditioning unit.