The Jakarta Post
The West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency recovered on Sunday the body of a child who had reportedly drowned in the Batang Hari River, near Jl. Gajah Mada, in West Jakarta.
“The victim was found at 6:06 pm by the Subdistrict Military Command and has been taken to Tarakan Hospital,” said Rompis Romli, head of the West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency, as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.
The child was identified as Bagir, 10, a resident of Petojo in Gambir, Central Jakarta.
According to Rompis, the victim decided to join his friends and play in the 2-meter-deep river, despite not knowing how to swim.
“[He] immediately drowned. His friends reported the incident to nearby residents straightaway,” Rompis added.
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Health Ministry officials, public order officers of Pamong Praja, the police and the Subdistrict Military Command helped the Fire and Rescue Agency in its search and subsequent recovery of the child’s body. (Mai)