The captain of a luxury yacht at the centre of a Queensland police investigation has denied allegations passengers have failed to cooperate with COVID-19 contact tracers.
On Thursday morning, authorities revealed a 20-year-old female crew member on the Lady E tested positive for coronavirus in Cairns upon the yacht’s arrival from the Maldives.
Another six crew members are now being tested, while 14 passengers are in hotel quarantine.
The crew members are remaining on the yacht for maritime safety purposes, while police are investigating the alleged failure to cooperation with health officials.
“We are concerned about the super yacht case,” Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“The super yacht in question has not been very cooperative at all with the information they’ve provided to the Queensland Police Service – and where they have been, so we can identify whether there are any other cases or where they may have got it from.
“We will leave that for the police to deal with.
“But we are very disappointed that this super yacht is not cooperating and providing factual, correct information to Queensland Police Service.”
Captain James Kennedy has rejected the claims.
“We are fully cooperating with the authorities and have followed all protocols before docking in Cairns and since arrival,” he said in a statement.
“Our team have quarantined, undertaken all necessary COVID-19 tests and stand ready to provide whatever details the authorities deem necessary.
“We remain ready to comply in full.”
It has also been revealed a second Lady E crew member has tested positive.
But according to a media release, both positive crew members had previously tested negative in the Maldives after earlier testing positive then recovering.
It said blood tests have been undertake to determine whether the results are a false positive.
The investigation continues.