WA cocaine haul sparks manhunt for men found clinging to esky at sea

Australian Federal Police officers are searching for three men who were found clinging to an esky, following the discovery of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in their capsized boat.

In what police have described as one of the largest cocaine busts in the past 20 years in the state, 365kg of cocaine was found onboard the vessel and in a package found on a beach last week.

An international investigation is underway into the seizure.

It came after three men ran into trouble after their boat capsized in “perilous” waters near Eclipse Island, 17km south of Albany in WA’s south, on February 1.

The men were believed to be fishing and set off their EPIRB during the emergency.



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