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Body of teen drowned off Ancol Beach discovered

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /   03:23 pm
Body of teen drowned off Ancol Beach discovered Family, friends and neighbors of two boys drowned while playing on Ancol Beach, North Jakarta, scatter flowers into the water after the funeral of one of the victims on June 17. The body of the second boy was discovered in Sunda Kelapa Harbor on Tuesday. (kompas.com/ Jimmy Ramadhan Azhari)

A body found by locals in Sunda Kelapa Harbor in North Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon has been declared to be that of a missing teen for whom the Jakarta Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) had been searching for three days.

After the discovery, the body was immediately taken to the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta for a DNA test to determine if the person had belonged to the family of the missing boy, 14-year-old AK.

“It’s confirmed. The body’s DNA has similarities [with AK’s family],” Rizky Dwianto, Jakarta SAR's on-site commander, told wartakota.tribunnews.com on Wednesday.

AK drowned in the waters off Ancol Beach in North Jakarta on Sunday afternoon along with his friend AR, 12. The body of his friend was discovered on that day, while AK was swept out to sea.

The head of Jakarta SAR, Hendra Sudirman, earlier said that the incident occurred when the two boys were playing with other friends and swimming off the beach. The victims were suddenly engulfed by a large wave and they panicked as they were pulled into the ocean. AR and AK were swept away because they did not know how to swim well. Friends of the victims searched for them, but only managed to find one lifeless body.

At least 75 personnel were deployed to search for AK, but they were not able to find him. (das)