4 Indonesians rescued off Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2011 16:55

Four Indonesians were rescued off the waters of Tawi-Tawi province by residents and policemen, a top police official said Thursday.

Tawi-Tawi police director Sr. Supt. Rodelio Jocson said the Indonesians were rescued Monday around the vicinity of Sikulan Island, Sibutu municipality.

Jocson said the rescue came after the residents of Barangay Tandu Owak, Sikulan Island spotted a 10-meter boat drifting towards the island.

Jocson identified them as Erwin Wabannuna Salim Huku, Hendrik Pini Sihamuddin, Andi Karal Jerry, and Edy Zulkifli Neliwati Anrizal all residents of Nunukan Island, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
He said the four Indonesians left Sulawesi last June 22 en route to Nunukan Island but failed to reach their destination as they were battered by big waves and strong winds brought about by tropical Falcon.

He said the Indonesians told them that they drifted at sea since then as seawater sipped through a crack in the boat’s hull that eventually submerged the engine room.
He said the Indonesians, upon their rescue, were immediately medically examined to ensure their good physical condition.

Authorities in Tawi-Tawi province coordinated with the Indonesian boarder patrol authorities, who confirmed that the four rescued Indonesians were residents of Nunukan Island, he said.

Jakarta and Manila have a standing agreement known as the R.P.-R.I. Boarder Patrol Agreement.

Jocson said the rescued Indonesians were sent home in accordance with the required procedures, in coordination with the other concerned agencies.