Captain and Crew members abandoned a stranded ship with 26 illegal immigrants aboard

By Accidents

Indonesian captain and crew members abandoned a ship when it broke down and left stranded 26 illegal immigrants on the vessel for twelve days close to Tidung Island in the Thousand Island regency in north Jakarta.
“When their vessel broke down, suddenly the Indonesian captain and crew members of the vessel fled and left the 26 immigrants aboard,” commented Adj. Comr. Bungin Misalayuk, chief of the Thousand Islands Police detective unit. “They tried to row the vessel themselves, but it was useless because the vessel hit a reef near Tidung Island on the northern coast of Jakarta.”
The 26 stranded illegal immigrants were saved on Monday after local fisherman found the vessel.
“Our police officers discovered their vessel stuck on a reef after it was adrift for twelve days at sea,” Bungin told. “We are still searching for the data of the immigrants. We are now trying to find the left captain and the crew members.”
The group of 26 illegal immigrants aboard found aboard, that includes 3 boys and 2 girls, reported police officials that they were asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and were headed to Christmas Island, Australia.
All the immigrants were taken to the Kampung Baru mosque on Tidung Island before they were transported to the Tanjung Priok immigration office.