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Underwater robot sent to locate sunken boat in Lake Toba

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Tue, June 19, 2018   /   01:31 pm
Underwater robot sent to locate sunken boat in Lake Toba Officers from the National Search and Rescue Agency (BNPP) load an underwater robot onto a van in Tanjung Pinang on Tuesday, as they are about to depart for Lake Toba to join search efforts for a ship that capsized and on the lake a day earlier. (JP/Fadli)

The National Search and Rescue Agency (BNPP) has deployed an underwater robot to help locate a boat that capsized on Lake Toba on Monday afternoon. 

"We will be using an underwater robot to locate the boat and victims," Tanjung Pinang BNPP head Budi Cahyadi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. 

Budi, along with his team of four officers, departed for Lake Toba to join the search and rescue efforts. They are scheduled to arrive in Lake Toba on Wednesday at 3 a.m.

According to Budi, the robot is equipped with a camera and controlled remotely to locate underwater objects.

"Once we manage to locate the boat, we will decide what efforts are necessary to evacuate the victims," Budi said.

Aside from the BNPP Tanjung Pinang, other BNPP teams from the surrounding areas will take part in the search and rescue effort.

At least one person has died and dozens are missing after the ferry carrying 80 people, including dozens of tourists, capsized on Monday. Authorities have deployed rescue vessels to the scene, but bad weather halted the operation in the night. (dmr)