The Jakarta Post
Authorities in Sabang, Aceh, rescued on Saturday three foreign tourists as well as two local fishing boat crew members that were stranded at sea for two days after their vessel had an engine failure.
As reported by tribunnews.com, the Sabang search and rescue team received information on the stranded boat on Friday at 4 p.m., which immediately responded by dispatching a team to rescue the stranded men.
The tourists were identified as Jonas, 25, from Ireland; Kevin, 35, from Germany and Jasper, 24, from Kenya. Meanwhile, the crew members were Amir, 37, who acted as the boat’s captain as well as Yun, 26.
The five men departed for a fishing trip around Rondo Island, which is located around 15 kilometers from Sabang, on Wednesday. Their ship had an engine problem a day later.
Sabang search and rescue post official Budi Darmawan said the men had been trying to send a distress call since Thursday but to no avail as they could not get a signal.
The men were found in good health, although their supplies had run out.
The Indonesian Navy from the Sabang base assisted the rescue efforts by tugging the large fishing boat to Sabang. “The boat and the men arrived at the base at around 9:20 p.m.,” Budi said.
After being questioned at the base as well as by other authorities, the three foreign tourists were released. (kuk)