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Jakarta Post

Death lurks in water at southern Java beaches

  • Asip A. Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar   /   Mon, June 17 2019   /  12:53 am

Four-year-old Fatin shouted to her mother Susiana as a boat searching for two drowning people was pulling up on Pangi Beach in Blitar, East Java, on Friday.She was looking for her brother, 19-year-old Eko Julianto, who happened to be one of the victims. Eko was last seen on Tuesday morning, along with 16 friends from Ngoro district in Jombang.They were on holiday and some of them had been swimming near the beach for some 30 minutes before the waves suddenly grew larger and dragged them away from the shore.“We threw them ring buoys, but only four of them made it, the two others [are] missing,” said Kateni, a fisherman volunteering as a lifeguard at the beach.The other missing teen is 20-year-old Indra Prasetyo, Eko’s neighbor.Both victims’ families have been sheltering for four days at the beach to wait for answers from the Search and Rescue Team (SAR).“I will wait here unt...