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Jakarta Post

Search for missing boat passengers ends

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana and Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 27 2011   /  10:00 am

After a 10-day search, the Surabaya National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) officially called off its efforts to scour the sea for missing victims of a boat accident involving allegedly illegal immigrants.

The boat carrying more than 200 asylum seekers from the Middle East capsized in Prigi waters off Trenggalek on Dec. 17. They were reportedly heading for Australia.

Surabaya Basarnas head Sutrisno told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the 10-day search effort, involving members of the Navy, Air Force and the National Police, located 101 dead victims and 49 survivors.

The joint search team initially planned to scour the sea for seven days after the accident, but when corpses began to be found as far away as Bali, the search was extended another three days.

“But the SAR team has discovered no victims in the last two days, so the search effort was official...