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Ciliwung River drownings claim 3 kids in one week

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 28, 2019   /   06:21 pm
Ciliwung River drownings claim 3 kids in one week Personnel search for a boy suspected to have drowned in the Ciliwung River in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta. (Warta Kota/-)

The lives of three children have been claimed in drownings in the Ciliwung River in Greater Jakarta over the past week.

Mohammad Rafli Adrian, 14, and Muhammad Edis, 11, drowned in the river in Cimanggis district, Depok, West Java, on Wednesday.

Based on a witness’ account, the boys were playing on a raft made from tires in the river moments before the incident.

During the middle of their journey, the raft flipped over and Edis drowned. Seeing his friend in trouble, Rafli jumped into the river to help but he drowned as well.

After searching for about four hours, a search and rescue team discovered Edis’ body at 6 p.m.

Rafli’s body has not as yet been found.

Another boy, identified only as 10-year-old BG, drowned in the river after his raft flipped over while he was playing with friends in Bojonggede district in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday.

“He was playing with friends at the riverside when the raft flipped over,” said Bojonggede Police chief Comr. Agus Koster Sinaga as quoted by kompas.com.

BG’s body was found on Monday at about 10 a.m. (bry)