Boat capsizes in Papua, 28 missing

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) – Twenty-eight inhabitants of Mamberamo Raya district, Papua province, went missing when their boat capsized after being hit by big waves.

Their boat was hit by waves on the way home from Serui, Senior Commissioner Pudjo, a spokesman of the Papua police, stated here on Friday.

“Until now, the fate of tens of the inhabitants are not yet known,” he clarfiied.

The accident was reported by two survivors who were rescued by the inhabitants of kaisuri, Waropen disrict, Papua.

The two survivors revealed that when the boat capsized they saw tens of other passengers trying to survive by hanging on the boat that overturned.

Efforts to rescue them were hampered by bad weather and huge waves, senior Commissioner Pudjo asserted.

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