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Jakarta Post

Toba sunken ship found 450 meters under water

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Sun, June 24, 2018   /   04:33 pm
Toba sunken ship found 450 meters under water Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel board a ferry on Saturday as they continue their search for the passengers of KM Sinar Bangun, which capsized in Lake Toba, Simalungun regency, North Sumatra, on June 18. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

The authorities discovered the location of a sunken ship on Sunday after searching for seven days in Lake Toba, North Sumatra. 

"The KM Sinar Bangun was found at a depth of 450 meters from the surface of Lake Toba," Lake Toba Authority board head Arie Prasetyo said Sunday.

The ship, which was estimated to have been carrying more than 200 passengers, was found around 11:12 a.m. 

Arie said the search for the ship was conducted with the Search and Rescue National Agency (Basarnas), private company Mahakarya Geo Survey and the Bandung Institute of Technology Alumni Association. 

KM Sinar Bangun capsized on June 18 after departing for Simalungun regency, North Sumatra, from Samosir, an island at the center of the world's biggest volcanic lake.

The boat was reportedly hit by bad weather, causing panic among passengers who jumped into the lake. (evi)