SAR, Navy search for Australian missing from cruise ship off Bintan
The Jakarta Post
An Australian national identified as Jhon Cullent, 30, was reported missing from the Sun Princess cruise ship as it sailed through the waters of Bintan, Riau Islands, on Saturday.
Authorities suspect he had fallen off the ship.
“We have been searching [for Jhon] since Saturday,” Budi Cahyadi, head of the Tanjung Pinang Class A-chapter National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
Personnel from the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla), the Navy and the Water Police have been deployed to assist the rescue team.
They are focusing their search on a radius of several kilometers from the ship’s coordinates, approximately 68 nautical miles from Kijang.
The 77,441-gross-tonnage cruise ship, which departed from Australia and was heading to Port Klang in Malaysia, was sailing through international waters off Bintan when crew members discovered that Cullent was missing.
“We have yet to know how or why Jhon fell off the ship,” Budi added. (vla/evi)
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