NUNUKAN, KOMPAS.com – North Kalimantan Police Chief Inspector General Indrajit took over the search operation for three missing policemen after Indonesia’s Kapodang-5001 patrol boat sank on August 8 off Tibi Island on Borneo.
“Today, the North Kalimantan police chief, his deputy and the security maintenance agency’s directorate of water police corps [Dirpolair Baharkam Polri] will consolidate the search,” said the spokesperson for the North Kalimantan Police, Senior Commissioner Berliando, on August 10.
The search for the three missing policemen — Police Brigadier (Brigpol) Ivan Bilasman, First-Class Patrolman (Bharatu) Yoseph Arianto, and First-Class Patrolman (Bharatu) Donni Budi Santoso — is still under way.
Meanwhile, the other three members of the patrol team — Police Chief Brigadier (Bripka) Ujang Walia, Police Brigadier Amrulloh, and Patrolman (Bharada) Rivaldy U'jae — are safe.
Berliando said the incident occurred when the six policemen from the national police headquarters were conducting a routine patrol and monitoring specific targets between Juwata Tarakan waters and Tibi Island in the Tana Tidung Regency.
The use of a gray patrol boat powered by 40 horsepower outboard engine was for a reconnaissance mission.
“It’s impossible for them to use a large patrol vessel as it's easier to spot,” he said.
Then the weather deteriorated at around 11pm local time on Saturday and caused them to lose contact from midnight to 6am.