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Jakarta Post

South Korean athlete found dead under rubble of Palu hotel

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 5, 2018   /   08:26 pm
South Korean athlete found dead under rubble of Palu hotel National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) personnel evacuated earthquake victims at Hotel Roa Roa, Palu, Central Sulawesi, Sunday (30/09) morning. (Basarnas/File)

The body of Lee Dong Jin, a South Korean paragliding athlete missing after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Palu, Central Sulawesi, has been found under the rubble of a collapsed hotel.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said the victim’s body was found on Thursday afternoon. The body has been cremated and repatriated to South Korea.

“We send our condolences to the victim’s family,” said Arrmanatha on Friday at the Ministry.

He added that Lee was among 120 foreign nationals impacted by the killer earthquake and tsunami last week.

Separately, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom told The Jakarta Post that the embassy felt “great sorrow” about the South Korean’s death.

“His mother who flew all the way from Korea was staying in Palu desperately seeking the safe return of her son. However, hopes have been dashed by this discovery,” he said via a WhatsApp message.

He added that the South Korean government appreciated Indonesia’s search and rescue efforts.

“We all pray for earliest recovery in the areas affected by these devastating natural calamities,” he said.