A WA man is among four inmates who have escaped from Kerobokan jail in Bail, tunnelling their way to freedom in a scene from The Great Escape.
Shaun Edward Davidson was serving a 12-month sentence after being convicted in September last year of using fraudulent travel documents. He was also fined $10,000.
Corrections authorities have confirmed that Davidson, along with a Bulgarian, an Indian and a Malaysian prisoner, were found missing from the jail this morning.
Surung Pasaribu, the Corrections chief at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, told News Corporation it was believed the men had escaped through an underground tunnel behind the jail’s clinic.
Details are still sketchy of exactly how the escape went down and the four escapees are still on the run.
The tunnel is just 40cm in diameter and ran from behind the jail clinic, under the jail wall to the outside, ironically just near the guard tower.
Jail officials are currently at the scene, using a hose to suck water from the tunnel.
“We are still working to chase them. We have also made a report to the police,” Mr Pasaribu said.
“We found that they have gone this morning. We found a hole behind the clinic to the outside, underground. We allege that they escape through the underground hole,” he said.
The other three escapees are Dimitir Nikolon Ilev, a Bulgarian, on charges of ATM scamming, Sayed Muhammad Said, Indian, drug smuggler, and Tee Kok Ming, from Malaysia , on drug charges.
Davidson, 32, from Subiaco in Perth, was convicted of using another man’s passport in Bali. At the time he was wanted on drugs charges in WA.
He had just two months and 15 days of his sentence left before he would have been freed.
Officials have revealed that a cable to the jail’s CCTV cameras in the area of the escape had been cut and iron bars were found near the tunnel.
“The CCTV is not working. The cable is cut. We don’t know know (who cut it). We just realised this morning it’s not working,” Mr Pasaribu said.
He said the four escapees had escaped from the roof of B Block or Bedugal block, jumped the fence of the block to behind the jail’s clinic, where the hole was discovered.
It is understood the tunnel used to escape was an existing water drainage tunnel. It is believed to be about 15 metres long.
Authorities believe the escape happened sometime after 6.30am local time (8.30am AEST) this morning. One of the four escapees, the Indian man, was seen by another inmate at the jail at 6.30am, authorities said
Badung Police chief, Yudith Satriya Hananta, said police had put a ban on any of the four escapees from exiting Bali through any travel gates.
And inmates in their prison block were being questioned.
“We have received a report about the four inmates escaping from the prison this morning,” Mr Hananta said.
“We conducted some action, as questioning some inmates in the same block with them and the prison guards on duty last night.
“We have spread the photos of those foreign inmates that have escaped and we are chasing them now,” he said.
“”We have co-ordinated with all police across Bali, the airport and closes all gates in and out of Bali.”