Indonesia: Deadly delays after boat carrying 72 sinks in Sunda Strait, at least 5 dead (likely to increase), only 14 rescued – 120413 1300z

“A GROUP of 14 asylum seekers has been rescued by fishermen in Indonesia after their boat sank in the Sunda Strait on its way to Australia, but at least five others are believed to have drowned.

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There are also fresh details about the unfolding tragedy with one of the survivors revealing that boat actually sank on Wednesday, and not on Friday morning as initially reported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Habibullah Hashimi, one of 14 men plucked from the water by fishermen off the coast of Sukabumi in West Java, said he was in the water for about 24 hours before help finally came.

The 29-year-old said there were 72 people aboard the vessel. All were ethnic Hazara from Afghanistan.

At least five asylum seekers had perished, Mr Hashimi said.

The death toll could rise further.

”The ship just broke,” he told AAP.

”We saw about five people dead. They were in the water.”

Mr Hashimi’s group had linked arms as they struggled to survive.

”The sea kept moving us around,” he said.

Mr Hashimi, who was on Friday afternoon recuperating in Bogor, also confirmed that the boat sank at about 8am on Wednesday.

The development came after a spokeswoman from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) initially reported that a boat may have sunk in the Sunda Strait at about midnight (3am AEST) on Friday.

”A people-smuggling vessel may have sunk in or near the Sunda Strait around 3am AEST today. Some passengers may have been rescued by a fishing vessel,” the spokeswoman said earlier on Friday.

The information was in turn passed on to the Indonesian national search and rescue agency BASARNAS.

But BASARNAS was unable to locate the area where the incident was believed to have occurred, prompting a scramble for information.

Provincial search and rescue offices in Jakarta and Lampung on the island of Sumatra also had little idea of what had happened, or where to look for survivors.

”We don’t have the coordinates for the area where we could search. Do you have that information? Please share it with us,” an officer with the Jakarta search and rescue office said when contacted by AAP.

”We only received information from BASARNAS that it’s in south of Sunda Strait and they’ve been rescued by local fishermen. But where is it? We’re now contacting local ports and others if they have such information.”

And Indonesia still hasn’t launched a rescue mission because the location of the sunken vessel hasn’t been found.

The search and rescue authorities were criticised last August when more than 100 asylum seekers drowned when their boat foundered in the Sunda Strait.

An aerial search was not launched until more than six hours after a distress call was received by the AMSA.

It was almost 24 hours before the first survivors were pulled from the water.

Hundreds of asylum seekers have perished in recent years while making the perilous crossing from Indonesia to Christmas Island.” – news.com.au

“JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said on Friday it was investigating a report from Australian authorities that an asylum seeker boat carrying scores of people may have sunk.

“We received information there were 72 people on board, and that 14 have been rescued by fishermen” after the vessel sank in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands early Friday, said agency official Tatang Zaenudin.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said in a statement it had passed information to the Indonesian authorities that a boat may have gone down in the strait, but it had not been requested to provide assistance.

A seven-strong team was heading by road to the Sukabumi area, in West Java, where those rescued were believed to have been taken, Indonesian officials said.” – straitstimes.com

Indonesian:

“Sebuah GROUP dari 14 pencari suaka telah diselamatkan oleh nelayan di Indonesia setelah kapal mereka tenggelam di Selat Sunda dalam perjalanan ke Australia, tapi setidaknya lima orang lainnya diyakini telah tenggelam.

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Ada juga rincian baru tentang tragedi berlangsung dengan salah satu korban mengungkapkan kapal yang benar-benar tenggelam pada Rabu, dan bukan pada Jumat pagi sebagai awalnya dilaporkan oleh Otoritas Keselamatan Maritim Australia (AMSA).

Habibullah Hashimi, salah satu dari 14 pria dipetik dari air oleh nelayan di lepas pantai Sukabumi di Jawa Barat, mengatakan ia berada di air selama sekitar 24 jam sebelum bantuan akhirnya datang.

The 29-tahun itu mengatakan ada 72 orang di kapal. Semua adalah etnis Hazara dari Afghanistan.

Setidaknya lima pencari suaka telah tewas, Mr Hashimi kata.

Jumlah korban tewas bisa meningkat lebih lanjut.

” Kapal hanya patah,” katanya kepada AAP.

” Kami melihat sekitar lima orang tewas. Mereka berada di air.”

Kelompok Mr Hashimi telah dihubungkan lengan saat mereka berjuang untuk bertahan hidup.

” Laut terus bergerak kami berkeliling,” katanya.

Mr Hashimi, yang berada di memulihkan diri hari Jumat sore di Bogor, juga menegaskan bahwa perahu tenggelam di sekitar 8 pagi pada hari Rabu.

Perkembangan datang setelah seorang juru bicara dari Otoritas Keselamatan Maritim Australia (AMSA) awalnya melaporkan bahwa perahu mungkin telah tenggelam di Selat Sunda di sekitar tengah malam (3 am AEST) pada hari Jumat.

” Sebuah penyelundupan manusia kapal mungkin telah tenggelam di atau dekat Selat Sunda sekitar 3 am AEST hari. Beberapa penumpang mungkin telah diselamatkan oleh sebuah kapal penangkap ikan,” kata juru bicara sebelumnya pada hari Jumat.

Informasi itu pada gilirannya diteruskan ke pencarian nasional Indonesia dan BASARNAS penyelamatan lembaga.

Tapi BASARNAS tidak dapat menemukan daerah di mana insiden itu diyakini telah terjadi, memicu perebutan informasi.

Pencarian provinsi dan kantor penyelamatan di Jakarta dan Lampung di pulau Sumatera juga memiliki sedikit gagasan tentang apa yang telah terjadi, atau di mana untuk mencari korban yang selamat.

” Kami tidak memiliki koordinat untuk daerah di mana kita bisa mencari. Apakah Anda memiliki informasi itu? Silakan berbagi dengan kami,” kata seorang perwira dengan pencarian Jakarta dan kantor penyelamatan saat dihubungi oleh AAP.

” Kami hanya menerima informasi dari BASARNAS bahwa itu di selatan Selat Sunda dan mereka telah diselamatkan oleh nelayan setempat. Tapi di mana itu? Kami sekarang menghubungi pelabuhan lokal dan lain-lain jika mereka memiliki informasi tersebut.”

Dan Indonesia masih belum meluncurkan misi penyelamatan karena lokasi kapal tenggelam belum ditemukan.

Pihak berwenang pencarian dan penyelamatan dikritik Agustus lalu ketika lebih dari 100 pencari suaka tenggelam ketika perahu mereka kandas di Selat Sunda.

Sebuah pencarian udara belum diluncurkan sampai lebih dari enam jam setelah panggilan darurat diterima oleh AMSA tersebut.

Itu hampir 24 jam sebelum korban pertama ditarik dari air.

Ratusan pencari suaka telah tewas dalam beberapa tahun terakhir sementara membuat persimpangan berbahaya dari Indonesia ke Pulau Christmas “- news.com.au.

“JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia pencarian dan penyelamatan lembaga Jumat mengatakan pihaknya sedang menyelidiki laporan dari pemerintah Australia bahwa pencari suaka kapal yang membawa puluhan orang mungkin telah tenggelam.

“Kami menerima informasi ada 72 orang di kapal, dan 14 telah diselamatkan oleh nelayan” setelah kapal tenggelam di Selat Sunda antara pulau Jawa dan Sumatera Jumat pagi, kata lembaga resmi Tatang Zaenudin.

The Maritime Safety Authority Australia (AMSA) mengatakan dalam sebuah pernyataan bahwa pihaknya telah menyampaikan informasi kepada pihak berwenang Indonesia bahwa perahu mungkin sudah turun di selat tersebut, tapi belum diminta untuk memberikan bantuan.

Sebuah tim tujuh yang kuat sedang menuju melalui jalan darat ke daerah Sukabumi, Jawa Barat, di mana mereka diselamatkan diyakini telah diambil, para pejabat Indonesia mengatakan “-. Straitstimes.com

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