Stranded Papua Fishermen Repatriated

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs repatriated three fishermen who were stranded in the waters of Papua New Guinea. Talib, Baba, and Nazir had been returned to their homes in Hamadi beach, Papua.

P.L.E. Priatna, Director of Information and Media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the fishermen had ben returned to their families. Their return was accompanied by Indonesia’ Consulate Zahar Gultom in Vanimo and Head BPKLN in Papua, Priatna said on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Talib, Baba, and Nazir got stranded when angling for fish on a fishing boat in Indonesian waters. When heading towards land, storm came. The boat was hit by waves and then sank. On January 24, their families reported their disappearance to the police.

For six days, they stayed afloat in the middle of the ocean, being tossed by waves until the boat got drifted to the waters of Papua New Guinea. They were then rescued by Papua new Guineans living in Kauk, East Sepik Province. The Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo directly contacted West Sepik and Wewak Police for their return.

Source: TEMPO Interactive

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