Australian police say a drug suspect was thwarted in his attempt to flee the country for Papua New Guinea on a motorized personal watercraft.

They say the man had set out Monday from the northern tip of Queensland state and he was carrying enough fuel for the Sea-Doo to make the 140-kilometer (86-mile) trip across the Torres Strait.

An Australian Border Force boat deployed to search for the man found him only a few kilometers from his destination at Saibai Island, an Australian territory south of the New Guinea coast.

They say the 57-year-old British man will be extradited to Western Australia state, where he is wanted on drug-related offenses.

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