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Jakarta Post

Sunken ship search called off as bad weather continues

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 16 2013   /  07:45 am

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) on Tuesday discontinued the search for 11 crewmembers of the ill-fated MV Emeline cargo vessel that sunk in waters around the Selayar islands, South Sulawesi, last week.

“Up to the seventh day of the SAR operation, were we unable to locate the 11 crewmembers of the MV Emeline. So, in accordance with SAR procedures, the search mission has been stopped,” Makassar Basarnas head Roky Azikin said on Tuesday.

However, Basarnas is still waiting for information on the possible whereabouts of the missing crewmembers from fishermen and ships passing around the area.

The MV Emeline, which was laden with cement, was destined for Banyuwangi, East Java, from Makassar, but the vessel sank in waters off the Selayar islands, near the border with Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, or around 51 nautical miles west of Selayar.

As the ...