Sunday, 22 June 2014

Boat mishap: 14 bodies claimed, 10 bodies to be sent to Indonesia on Sunday

Nine of the 14 bodies involved in the recent boat mishap off Banting have been claimed by relatives and will be transported back to Indonesia after getting a confirmation from an Indonesian Embassy representative, at 10.40am today.

Kuala Langat district police chief, Superintendent Azman Abdul Razak, said the bodies will be transported back to Indonesia through cargo, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, starting tomorrow.

He said, both trips would be borne by the Indonesian government and will arrive in Aceh.

"The victims' family and friends have already identified them. The cost and anything related to the flight will be arranged by the Indonesian government.

"As requested by the Aceh Governor, a Muslim funeral service company will handle the arrangements of sending the bodies back to Aceh. Nine out of the 14 bodies will be sent tomorrow,” he told reporters today.

All nine bodies will be flown via two flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Delivery of the bodies will be made after the police forensic team and the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang Hospital have completed their autopsies and issued a death certificate.

Meanwhile, Supt Azman said another relative came forward on Saturday to identify and claim the body of another victim at the hospital.

The body will be sent home after all the documentation is complete.

In the meantime, the operation to recover the capsized boat at Sungai Air Hitam this morning has been postponed due to safety reasons.

"A special meeting will be conducted and will be chaired by the authorities to identify the process of how to recover the boat without affecting the investigation in determining the motive and cause of the mishap on June 17,” he said.

The location of the capsized boat has been identified and handed over to the police forensic unit for further action.

Sunday 22 June 2014


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