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Jakarta Post

Police chase shipwreck treasure hunter

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 30 2010   /  09:48 am

Authorities are hunting Michael Hatcher, a foreign shipwreck treasure hunter believed to be operating in Indonesian waters.Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said Thursday he dispatched a joint investigation team to pursue Hatcher.“I have received many reports about [Hatcher] and his illegal activities. I told my men to monitor Hatcher’s movements at sea,” Fadel told The Jakarta Post.National Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi confirmed a team of water police had been assigned to arrest Hatcher.“We have identified his boat. We are now monitoring his activities,” Ito said.Fadel said he did not know Hatcher very well. “But since I began serving as a minister in 2009, [Hatcher’s] name has been mentioned as a famous treasure hunter,” the Golkar politician said.Hatcher has been widely known as a shipwreck treasure hunter since the 1980s.Hatcher i...