Greatindonesia.co.id, Biak – A joint team of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) office in Biak Numfor district, Papua province, is continuing to search for three people who went missing following a longboat accident.
“The SAR team has yet to find the three missing people on the fourth day of the search. They will continue their search on Thursday,” Chief of Basarnas Office in Biak, Melkianus, said on Wednesday (12/6/2019) night.
On the fourth day of searching on Wednesday (June 12, 2019), the SAR team returned to the command post at 05.50 p.m., he said.
The longboat, traveling between Nabire and Kampung Keuw in Wapoga district, crashed into wood and capsized, killing two people. Six people survived the accident, while three others remain missing.
The joint team comprises rescue workers from the Nabire SAR rescue post, water police, police precincts, relatives of victims and local residents.
To assist in the search for the three missing passengers, the SAR joint team mobilized a longboat, personnel truck and Rescue SAR center. (mhs)
RAJA AMPAT ORGANIZES TRAINING FOR DEIVE GUIDES
Greatindonesia.co.id, Waisai – The Raja Ampat District authorities organized a training for dive guides as part of efforts to improve services for tourists visiting the marine tourism destination.
The seven-day training, held from June 24, was being participated in by 30 local dive guides, Yusdi Lamatenggo said here on Monday (24/6/2019).
The training is also expected to increase the capability of local dive guides.
By having professional local dive guides, the economy in Raja Ampat is also hoped to improve.
“We hope that local dive guides attending this training can get benefit and receive better payment later,” he said.
Raja Ampat is often called “Heaven on Earth”, “Miracle of Papua”, “Underwater Paradise on Earth”, or “Real Wonder of the World” for its mesmerizing marine panorama.
The district has a geopark that is much more beautiful than the one in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
In 2012, Raja Ampat has been included in the Real Wonder of the World list. It has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful diving sites, and rated number one for its rich marine flora and fauna diversity.
In total, Raja Ampat District has around 1,700 islands, including the unoccupied and most beautiful Isle of Wayag, which is made of karst or limestone from other isles.
The waters of Raja Ampat have approximately 603 hard coral species, representing 75 percent of the total coral reefs in the world, according to the information posted on rajaampatlodge.com.
Based on various studies by the world natural conservation agencies, such as Conservation International and Nature Conservancy, Raja Ampat waters are estimated to have 1397 fish species. The waters of Raja Ampat are also called “Capital for Fish in the World.”
There are also 60 varieties of crayfish, 699 types of soft animals or species of mollusks, comprising 530 species of snails (Gastropoda), 159 species of shells (bivalva), two species of Scaphopoda, five species of squid (Cephalopoda), and three Chiton species. (ern)
6.3 QUAKE DAMAGES HOUSES IN TOR ATAS SUB-DISTRICT, IN PAPUA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jayapura – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred on Thursday (June 20) at around 00.24 local time in Sarmi, Papua province has damaged a number of houses in Tor Atas sub-district.
Officials are awaiting more detailed reports about the damage, Head of the Papua Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Robert Welliam Manderi told here on Thursday (20/6/2019).
Meanwhile, Sarmi Police Chief Police Commissioner Paul Izak Sakoli said a report mentioned damage to homes in Iswari village in Tor Atas sub-district, at around 18.00 at local time, but the report had not been confirmed.
The Police Chief said he had not received news of any injured residents. “We are still waiting for a report, considering that access to the village is quite difficult to and telecommunication facilities are broken as the single sideband tower was struck by lightning,” he said. (eva)
TRIAL OF FIVE INDONESIANS IN VANIMO’S COURT ADJOURNED
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jayapura – The trial of five Indonesian citizens arrested by the Papua New Guinea (PNG) police for illegal fishing in Aitape was postponed until Monday (17/6/2019).
Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, PNG, Abraham Lebelauw, told Antara on Wednesday (12/6/2019) that the trial was again postponed. The Indonesians were previously scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday (June 11), which was adjourned on Wednesday (June 12).
“I am still awaiting a report on the cause of the delay in the trial of the five Indonesian citizens,” said Abraham, who said he was currently in Jakarta.
The five Indonesians were arrested for illegally catching sea cucumbers in the waters of Aitape. The sea cucumbers had been stored in the home of a PNG resident.
When arrested on May 31, the five Indonesian citizens living in the Hamadi area of Jayapura did not have identity cards, a passport or a border crossing card, Abraham added.
The five Indonesian citizens being held in Vanimo’s prisons are identified as Hebert Saru, Lewi Lai, Oktovianus Anabai, Soleman Waromi and Freddy Waromi. (ant)
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