Indonesian Tugboat Wrecked, 10 Man Crew Survives
A tugboat hauling a barge carrying 4 thousand tons of Coconut Palm Oil from Banjarmasin, [ CPO] to Surabaya, East Java was hit by high waves which wrecked the vessel off South Kalimantan province’s Tanah Laut district on Saturday, January 9. No casualties were reported.
“The crew of the Ocean Indian tugboat reported that high waves in the area repeatedly hit the tugboat and ultimately capsized it,” said Police Chief Commissioner Supriyanto of the Indonesian National Police’s Water Police in a written statement.
“The skipper also reported that the ship’s main engine was on fire. While the 10-man crew managed to put the fire out and used the backup engine, the weather turned for the worse.”
Supriyanto added that “two-meter waves repeatedly hit the tugboat and sank it, forcing the crew to escape to the barge, which was known as Lili 289. They remained there until Water Police units and local people rescued them.”
He urged the crew to remain with the locals, until their palm-oil manufacturing company, whose name he did not disclose, can collect them. Supriyanto added that another tugboat from the company took the barge and its cargo to Surabaya.
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