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Search ends for Indonesian crew member missing off Sumatra

The search for a missing Indonesian crew member after a boat accident near Sumatra has been called off after seven days.



JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Rescuers have ended their search for a missing Indonesian crew member one week after a boat with seven on board hit bad weather off Sumatra island, officials said Monday.

The search was launched last week Sunday after authorities received a report that one of two boats headed for Pinang Island from Nias Island had failed to reach its destination.

Four Australians and two Indonesians were found “drifting at sea” nearly two days after the boat was hit by bad weather.

But rescuers failed to find traces of the remaining crew member, Fifan Satria, after searching for seven days — and ended their operation on Sunday, according to local search and rescue agency head Octavianto.

“The search from the first until the seventh day has been effectively conducted, not only at sea but also along the shorelines around the Banyak islands, but the result was still zero,” Octavianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

He said that authorities would help to evacuate Satria if they received new information.

An online fundraiser has been launched by Amy Teagle, sister of rescued Australian Will Teagle, that aims to raise 100,000 Australian dollars ($64,000) to support Satria’s family.


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