Nine fishermen from Kilensari village, Situbondo regency, East Java, are missing after their two motorboats were ravaged by strong winds in the waters off Madura in East Java on Saturday.
The two motorboats, carrying 27 fishermen, went out to the sea at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, Afandi, one of the 18 fishermen who survived the accident, said on Sunday.
“When we began netting for fish, strong winds suddenly appeared [as if] from nowhere and ravaged the boats. The two motorboats immediately capsized,” he said.
Fortunately, another fisherman boat near the scene came to the rescue.
Some of the rescued fishermen found were in a critical condition and were immediately evacuated to Abdoer Rahem Regional Hospital in Situbondo.
As of Sunday, three fishermen are still being treated in the intensive care unit at the hospital.
The Search and Rescue (SAR) team is still searching for the missing fishermen, identified as Mus, Sugik, Wiro, Syafi’i, Asniman, Junaida, Misnadin, Mul and Rizal.
“We will deploy our fleet to the sea to search [for the missing victims],” Situbondo Water Police chief Adj. Comr. Bashori Alwi said on Sunday.
Source: The Jakarta Post | Author: Hans Nicholas Jong