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Jakarta Post

Two missing after cargo vessel sinks off Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni and Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2013   /  07:31 am

Nine of the 17 crew members aboard MV Emeline cargo vessel, which sunk off the Selayar Islands, South Sulawesi, as of Thursday remained stranded out on the rough seas. Search and rescue teams have not been able to reach and evacuate them.

Hamsidar, head of the Makassar office of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), said that the nine crew members were on lifecrafts, waiting for help.

The ill-fated vessel departed from Soekarno-Hatta sea port in Makassar and was headed to Banyuwangi, East Java, to transport cement. When the ship started sinking, its crew members evacuated onto lifecrafts. However, two of them fell into the sea and had not yet been found.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mahakam River vessel, which happened to pass the area, managed to save six of the crew members. The Mahakam River boat, which was on its way to Surabaya from Makassar, was immediat...