EAST BELITUNG, KOMPAS.com - The body of Juperi Ahmad, a sluice gate officer at a sand processing plant in East Belitung on Sumatra's Bangka Belitung Islands, was discovered partially two days after he was reported missing on Friday, June 18.
The 53-year-old was dragged by a crocodile into the river near the plant towards the end of his shift.
A joint search and rescue (SAR) team has evacuated the body by using a pair of body bags. The head of the local SAR team in Belitung Rahmatullah Hasyim said the victim’s body was found floating in the northern part of a swamp near Dukong village at 10.27 am on Sunday, June 20.
The swamp was known as the nest of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
“Parts of the body are injured, while some are missing,” Rahmatullah told Kompas.com on Sunday, June 20.
He said that the victim has wounds to his shoulders and ribs.
“During the evacuation process, two crocodiles were sighted near the victim, so we had to take him [out of the water] quickly,” said Rahmatullah.
We then handed over the body to the family, he said.
Previously, it was reported that the search was hindered by tree branches at the location inhabited by crocodiles.