The Jakarta Post
One crew member was reported killed in a fire that razed fishing boat KM Riki Baru on Monday night in the waters of Thousand Islands regency.
“There were 17 crew members. Two have been rescued and one died,” Hendra Sudirman, the head of the Jakarta Search and Rescue (SAR) Agency, said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com. Rescuers were still searching for the remaining 14 crew members.
The captain of the KM Putra Bahagia first reported the incident as it passed by the burning KM Riki Baru in the waters east of Peniki Island. The Jakarta SAR has deployed several boats to the area in a rescue and recovery operation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The incident comes several hours after similar incident occurred in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, where a moored fishing boat burst into flames. The fire was apparently sparked by a short circuit from a rice cooker that a crew member was using. The North Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency said the fire was reported at 1.15 p.m. and caused no casualties. (vla)