The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, has confirmed that five fishermen, who died after abandoning a fishing boat that had caught fire off a South Korean island early on Monday, were Indonesians.
The five Indonesian men were identified as Agus Susaw, Dede, Nuridin, Renugan and Zaenal Arifin, according to a Foreign Ministry statement made available to The Jakarta Post.
"According to information received by the Indonesian Embassy from the Jeju Island Police, a 38-ton fishing boat named SEONG IL caught fire at 1:30 a.m. local time on March 24 off Chagyi Island near Jeju Island," the statement read.
The boat was carrying nine crew members; four of them were South Korean, while the other five were Indonesian, it added.
The Indonesian crew allegedly died of hypothermia after jumped into the freezing waters to escape the burning vessel.
The cause of the fire had yet to be determined, the statement continued.
"The South Korean coast guard had launched a rescue mission with the deployment of three rescue boats and one helicopter," it read.
"The bodies of the [five] Indonesians have been taken to the Halla Hospital in Jeju city."
The Foreign Ministry also said that the five men had been recruited by an agency that had not undergone the employment permit system (EPS), facilitated by the government.
"The embassy has been coordinating with the agency and the owner of the fishing boat to arrange the repatriation of their bodies."
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