Coal Ship Sinks in East Kalimantan, Three Are Missing

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 – 18:20 GMT+7
Coal Ship Sinks in East Kalimantan, Three Are Missing - English
East Kalimatan Basarnas prepares to search for victims of a sinking ship, Tuesday (7/12) night / Credit: ANTARA, HO-Basarnas Kaltim & Kaltara, KALIMANTAN TIMUR - East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan Search and Rescue Agencies (Basarnas) are searching for three crew members transporting coal on a ship that has reportedly sunk in Tanjung Pemerung waters, Sepatin village, Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan.

The three crew members were reported missing after their ship, which was carrying 30 tons of coal, sank. There were six people on the ship, three of whom were declared safe.

"The ship sank when it was going to the river mouth and hit by the wind and big waves coming at the front of the ship. The Bunga Lestari 09 Motorboat lost control and sank," said East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan Basarnas head Melkianus Kotta, Wednesday.

After receiving the information, Basarnas personnel headed to the scene on Tuesday (7/12) at around 08.35 p.m. and arrived at 10.18 p.m.

The team was assisted by Pertamina Hulu Mahakam (PHM), the Anggana Police, and the local community.

They brought rescue vehicles, water and diving equipment, and medical equipment.

The three people who were declared safe were identified as Darmansyah (24), a resident of Sepatin village; Ansar Anca (21), a resident of Mangkupalas, Samarinda; and Alam (30) from Samarinda.

Three other crew members who were declared missing were Sanggu (30) and Wawan (29), both residents of Mangkupalas, Samarinda, as well as Akbar (30), a resident of Sangasanga, Kukar.

Three crew members are missing after their coal-carrying ship reportedly sank in Tanjung Pemerung waters, East Kalimantan.