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Dutch king offers condolences for advance team speedboat collision that led to seven deaths

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /   09:31 pm
Dutch king offers condolences for advance team speedboat collision that led to seven deaths Dutch King Willem-Alexander (left) and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) address the press at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Tuesday. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander offered his condolences regarding a speedboat collision on the Sebangau River in Central Kalimantan involving members of an advance team preparing for the Dutch royal visit that resulted in seven deaths.

"We're deeply saddened by the tragic boat accident yesterday on the Sebangau river. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and with the injured," King Willem said at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Tuesday. 

The incident occurred on Monday when a speedboat owned by the area’s military command hit a boat owned by the Sebangau National Park.

Both boats were carrying passengers who were involved in the preparation for a visit by King Willem-Alexander and his delegation to the Sebangau National Park near Palangkaraya.

The fatalities include Kuala Kapuas commander Lt. Col. Bambang Kristianto Bawono and workers from the national park.

The king and the delegations are scheduled to visit the area on Thursday, in which the national park is among other places the Dutch king plans to visit during his four-day stay in Indonesia. (dpk)