Saturday, 5 October 2013

Cianjur migrant boat: Search for missing boat people ends

The National Police and relevant authorities have called off their search-and-rescue operation, which was launched last week following the sinking of a boat packed with migrants in waters off Cianjur, West Java.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Friday that they had rescued 28 people, and recovered the bodies of 42 others during the operation.

“Our disaster victims investigation [DVI] team has completed post-mortems on 36 of those who died. The remaining six will be examined today [Friday],” he said at National Police headquarters in South Jakarta.

The police have transferred 24 of those rescued to West Java’s Sukabumi Immigration Office, while the remaining victims are being treated in a local hospital. The boat, which was carrying migrants from Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen capsized and sank en route to Australia’s Christmas Island.

Saturday 5 October 2013


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