Greatindonesia.co.id, Tanjungpandan – A boat carrying tens of tourists capsized in the waters off Lengkuas Island in Belitung District, Bangka Belitung Province on Saturday (June 8), killing one person.
One passenger was pronounced dead and tens of others survived the accident, Chief of the Belitung Police Resort Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yuhdis Wibisana said in Tanjungpandan, Bangka Belitung on Sunday (9/6/2019).
“The boat capsized and sank about five minutes after it sailed to Lengkuas Island,” he said.
The passenger identified as Rozali from Air Saga village, Tanjung Pandang Sub-district, Belitung District was killed since he was late to receive aid, he said.
The other passengers were successfully rescued with some of them sustaining injuries.
“Four passengers are receiving medical treatment at Marsidi Judono Regional General Hospital, while the others were allowed to return home,” he said.
The four passengers who received medical treatment are identified as Cici Herliyani (34) of Air Saga Tanjung Pandan), Kienta (2,5) of Tanjung Binga Village, Tanjung Pandan, Meris Yuniarti (16) of Air Saga Village, and Dea (16) of Perawas Village, Tanjung Pandan. (ahm)
THREE MINERS FOUND DEAD IN BANGKA BELITUNG PROVINCE
Greatindonesia.co.id, Babel – Three of four tin ore miners buried in landslides in the Block 8 area of B1 Hamlet, Central Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Province, have died.
“Three victims were found dead after a search was conducted by a team assisted by a number of residents,” said Lubuk Besar police chief Ipda Samsul Bayumi in Lubuk Besar on Tuesday (18/6/2019) night.
He identified the three dead miners as Suri (38), Gapur (37) and Usman (25).
He added that the accident occurred on Tuesday (18/6/2019) around 15.00 WIB. Four people were reportedly buried, but one miner was reported to have survived.
“The identities of the three miners who died have been known, all of them are residents of the Lubuk Besar District,” he said.
The police chief said the miners worked manually, without professional equipment.
“They were manual miners, and when it rained, the conditions of the cliffs became very unstable,” he said. (ahm)
EAST BELITUNG DEVELOPS TIN ORE MINING TOURS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bangka Belitung – Selinsing Village in East Belitung District of Bangka Belitung Islands Province has developed tin ore mining tours to improve local people’s welfare.
“We hope that PT Timah Tbk could support development of this mining in miniature tour,” Chief of Selinsing Village Enterprises (Bumdes) Muhammad Rais said in Selinsing on Sunday (10/2/2019).
Bangka Belitung Islands is known as the world`s second largest tin producer. Tin ore mining in the area has operated for some three centuries, and development of the region is closely linked to mining sector.
“Development of the mining in miniature could provide tourists with better information on tin ore mining,” he said, adding that currently the public received information on tin ore mining only from books and mass media.
“We will explain to the visiting tourists about good practices in mining which are environmental friendly, and they can directly see the mining activities as carried out by PT Timah Tbk,” he said.
The tin mining in miniature would be divided into several areas including tin ore mining area, culinary area, water recreation, fishing area, and agro-tourism area.
“We have proposed the budget for development of this mining tourism to PT Timah Tbk, as the Bumdes only has limited fund for the project,” Rais said. (apr)
FIVE COFFINS OF LION AIR CRASH VICTIMS FLOWN TO PANGKALPINANG
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bangka Belitung – Five coffins of the Lion Air crash victims would have arrived at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, on Tuesday (6/11/2018) morning, a search and rescue agency`s official said.
“The coffins will be flown from Jakarta on Tuesday (6/11/2018) at around 06.35 am local time and arrive at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang at around 07.20 am local time,” Head of Pangkalpinang National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Danang Priandoko said.
These five Lion Air crash victims had been identified by the Indonesian Police`s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team members, he said, adding that they are all residents of Bangka Belitung Province and are flown by different airlines.
The coffin of Eryanto, a 41-year-old resident of Tanjung Bunga housing complex of Sinar Bulan Village, Bukti Intan Subdistrict, Pangkalpinang city, for instance, was transported by Sriwijaya Air at around 06.35 am local time, he said.
The four other coffins containing the bodies of Resti Amelia (27), Dede Angaraini (40), Hendra (39), and Fera Yunita would be flown from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang by Lion Air aircraft. Then, each of the coffins would be given to the mourning families for burial.
The Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea off Tanjung Karawang, West Java, 13 minutes after taking off from Cengkareng`s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 6:20 a.m. local time on its way to Pangkalpinang on Monday (Oct 29).
The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, carrying 189 people on board, reportedly lost contact at 6:33 a.m. local time.
In connection with the related authorities` endeavor to unearth the causes of the Lion Air plane crash, Indonesian divers had succeeded in finding the ill-fated Lion Air plane`s flight data recorder, or the plane`s first black box, on Nov 1.
In another development, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has extended the period of evacuation operation for three days to help find the remaining bodies of the victims and the Cockpit Voice Record or the other black box.
“Hopefully, this operation will have been completed within the next three days,” M. Syaugi, the Basarnas chief, had stated on Sunday.
The team is also still attempting to find the plane`s fuselage. (apr)
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