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Jakarta Post

Three Chinese tourists missing off Sangiang Island

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4, 2019   /   01:18 pm
Three Chinese tourists missing off Sangiang Island Search for the missing: Rescue workers search for tsunami victims at Carita Beach in Pandeglang, Banten province, in December last year. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Banten Search and Rescue Office (KPP) personnel are searching for three foreigners who went missing when diving in waters off Sangiang Island in the Sunda Strait, Serang regency in Banten on Monday.

The three have been identified as Chinese nationals Tan Xuz Tao, Wan Bang Yang and Tian Yu.

The three were part of a diving group comprising seven people, said KPP Banten public relations officer Galih.

“The missing persons were on holiday and went diving in a group around Sangiang Island. [The group] consisted of six people who went diving and one person who went snorkeling,” he said in a statement on Monday.

A friend of the missing persons, You Shie Jie, reported the case to KPP Banten on Monday.

A 10-member National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) diving team has been deployed to search for the missing foreigners.

According to KPP Banten head Zaenal Arifin, at least five institutions are involved in the search, namely KPP Lampung, Banten naval base, Banten Port Authority, state-owned ferry operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).

The search and rescue personnel are combing the location. Signs of the three missing persons had yet to be found as of the time of writing. (sau)