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Owner of MV "Dumai Express 10" killed in mishap

Senin, 23 November 2009 13:59 WIB | 1.826 Views
Tanjungpinang (ANTARA News) - Boheng, owner of PT Lestari Indomas Bahari which operated the ill-fated MV Dumai Ekspress 10 was among those killed in the sea accident off Tukong Iyu, Karimun, Sunday.

"Among those who died is Boheng, the owner of the ferry," Tanjung Balai Karimun Naval Base Commander Lt. Col. Edwin, said here on Sunday evening.

Boheng`s body was evacuated in Tukong Hiu waters by MV Dumai Express 19 and later taken to Dumai, Riau. Boheng was also the owner of Royal Dumai Hotel.

The number of people found dead after "Dumai Express 10" sank off Tokong Hiu, Karimun district, Riau Islands province, Sunday, reached 27 people up to Sunday at 11.30 pm local time.

Chief of the Operation Section of the Tanjungpinang Search and Rescue Team, Budi Cahyadi said earlier that the number of survivors evacuated by a joint team, consisting rescue workers from the local naval base, security guards and water police personnel of Tanjungpinang, rose from 243 people earlier reported to 249.

The ill-fated ferry was sailing on the Batam-Bengkalis-Dumai route when it sank in the Karimun waters after being hit by huge waves.

Cahyadi said that based on information from the ill-fated ship`s agent, Dumai Express was carrying a total of 253 people on board, comprising 213 adult passengers, 25 children and 15 crew members.

However, with the evacuation of 249 survivors and 25 dead victims, the total number of people on board the ill-fated ferry might at least be 279, he said. (*)