Indonesian man digs hole out of South Korean quarantine facility, gets caught

An Indonesian seaman escaped from a makeshift COVID-19 quarantine facility in Seoul a day before his mandatory containment was due to conclude. Photo: Pixabay
An Indonesian seaman escaped from a makeshift COVID-19 quarantine facility in Seoul a day before his mandatory containment was due to conclude. Photo: Pixabay

We’re not sure if he was inspired by recent events back home, but an Indonesian seaman was caught by South Korean authorities after he escaped mandatory COVID-19 quarantine in Seoul by digging a hole.

According to reports, the unidentified man dug a hole under a wall at a makeshift quarantine facility and escaped a day before he was due to complete his mandatory two-week isolation as regulated by South Korean law. 

The man was caught on Wednesday in the city of Chengju, 112 kilometers south of Seoul.

Seeing as he had tested negative for COVID-19, authorities suspected that he intended to stay illegally in South Korea, going by recent similar incidents involving Vietnamese nationals.

Indonesian officials have yet to comment on the man’s escape attempt.

Last week, a Chinese death row inmate in Indonesia pulled off a Shawshank Redemption-esque escape from prison by digging a 30-meter tunnel in his cell that led all the way to a sewer. It took him eight months and stolen construction tools to pull off the feat.

The inmate is currently still at large with authorities struggling to track him down. An investigation into the case has so far indicated that several prison officials may have been complicit in aiding the escape.

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