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122 survivors of ill-fated MV Senopati rescued SEMARANG - A total of 122 survivors of the ill-fated MV Senopati, which sank in the vicinity of Mandalika island in the Java Sea in the wee hours of Saturday, were rescued up to Sunday morning, a radio report said on Sunday. Fishermen found 18 other survivors on Sunday Monday morning, adding the total number of survivors to 122, but around 400 others were still missing, El-Shinta radio station reported.

The ill-fated ship under the command of captain Wiratno, carried 542 passengers, 57 crew members, and 29 drivers of trucks/buses, on board when the accident occurred. The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) was reported to have deployed three warships, one light aircraft CN-235, one Fokker-27 and one C-130 Hercules to help evacuate victims of the shipwreck.

The three warships which were part of the Indonesian Navy`s Eastern Fleet had already reached the location. In addition to the three warships, TNI had also sent one light CN-235 aircraft, one Fokker-27 and one C-130 Hercules. Bad weather and high waves were reported to be hampering the search and rescue efforts being made at the location by a team comprising of servicemen, marine police and members of the national SAR (Search and Rescue) agency.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa said on Saturday that MV Senopati Nusantara, which sank in Suar Mandalika waters, Jepara, Central Java, was still sea worthy and not very old. The 'KM Senopati Nusantara' was made in 1990 and it underwent repairs in 2006, the minister told the press. The minister said, the vessel of 2,178 gross dead weight tons had a capacity to carry 800 passengers and was equipped with sufficient safety gear.

The ship was sailing from Central Kalimantan to Semarang, Central Java, when it had the accident.


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Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 06:18 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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