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Jakarta Post

Bodies of drowning victims in East Manggarai recovered

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

East Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Wed, March 1, 2017   /  08:46 pm
Bodies of drowning victims in East Manggarai recovered Members of the Surabaya branch of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) look for 15 missing crew members following a boat collision between the Mulya Sejati and the MV Thaison on Nov. 21, 2016 in the waters off Tuban regency in East Java. (Courtesy of Basarnas Surabaya/File)

The West Manggarai Search and Rescue Team and East Manggarai Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in East Nusa Tenggara, with the help of local security personnel, have recovered the bodies of two people who drowned at Wae Musur Dam in Ranamese district.

East Manggarai BPBD head Antonius Dergong, said the team found the first victim, identified as Ferianus Radus, 18, on Monday, the body of Firman Y. Saputra, 18, was found on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re glad we found their bodies after an intensive search over the past three days,” he said on Wednesday.

The victims, both high school students, were reported missing on Sunday. They were reportedly swimming in a river near the dam with friends, one of whom, named locally as Alvian, was carried away by a current, The two youths attempted a rescue but got into difficulties themselves. Alvian survived and was being treated in a community health center on Monday.

Prior to the search operation on Monday, locals conducted a customary ritual for the search personnel, beating gongs and other traditional instruments around the dam in the hope it would help the team find the victims.

The bodies of Firman and Ferianus have been returned to their families. (rin)