SAR operation suspended
The SAR operations after the sinking of the "Lintas Timur" were concluded on June 10, after yielding no results. The National Search and Rescue Agency stated that they would continue to monitor the area for possible sightings as 16 men remained missing. The National Transportation Safety Committee began investigating the incident and was trying to gather more information.
14 still missing after shipwreck
The Ministry of Transportation has deployed patrol boats in search of the missing crewmembers of the KM "Lintas Timur" which sank in the Banggai Sea off Central Sulawesi in rough seas that occurred in the area in recent days. One crewmember was found in the waters off Bangkep near Buko subdistrict. The ship departed from Bitung Port on May 28 with 3,000 sacks of cement on board. The survivor was rescued by a passing ship, the "Nurbayaksar", and taken to a medical facility in Luwuk. The Indonesian sailor suffered leg injuries believed to be caused by jellyfish. He reported that three crew members had died. The crew, who wore lifejackets, stayed together for a time, but the next day six people separated from the group, including the survivor. Three of his companions drowned from fatigue and two others separated from his side. Report with photo: http://www.news4europe.eu/6350_world/6171793_3-dead-14-missing-1-found-at-sea-after-boat-sinks-off-sulawesi-indonesia.html
17 missing after ship loss
The "Lintas Timur" (IMO: 8740618), sank in Banggai Laut Regency waters, eastern central Sulawesi, in the afternoon of June 1 at 4.30 p.m. 18 people were on board, only one was rescued by a passing ship, floating in a life jacket in the sea, on June 4. He was now receiving medically treatment. The Palu Basrano SAR Office in Palu launchend an SAR operation. The vessel, which was carrying cement from Bintang at the northern tip of Sulawesi island to the Morowali regency in the south, capsized in rough seas after its engine failed.Upload News