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Three students found dead after getting stuck in cave in Karawang

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Mon, December 23, 2019   /   11:35 am
Three students found dead after getting stuck in cave in Karawang Search and rescue workers recover the bodies of students from Singaperbangsa Karawang University (Unsika) who had been trapped in the Lele Cave in Pangkalan district of Karawang regency, West Java. (Courtesy of BASARNAS/File)

A search and rescue (SAR) team has found three students from Singaperbangsa Karawang University (Unsika) dead in the Lele Cave in Pangkalan district of Karawang regency, West Java. 

Bandung SAR team head Deden Ridwanshah said the bodies of the students had been brought to the Karawang public hospital.

The students – Erisa Rifan, Alief Rindu and Ainan Fatimatuzahro – were members of the Unsika Nature Lovers Society and had entered the cave on Sunday as an activity organized by the society.

“At around 1 p.m. [on Sunday], heavy rain started pouring in the location and trapped the remaining three students in the cave,” Deden said. 

The SAR team was sent to the location at around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday but faced difficulties because of the narrowness of the cave and the distance between the entrance of the cave and the location of the trapped students.

The team recovered the first body at 4:25 a.m. on Monday and the last body at around 6 a.m.

Deden said the students may have died from a lack of oxygen after panicking.

Erisa and Alief were both students of the School of Teacher Training and Education from Bogor, while Ainan was a medical student from Banjarnegara. (kmt)