Naval warship finds Singapore`s missing yacht

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) - Singaporean "Sunrise" Yacht that had gone missing for two days was found by the Indonesian warship KRI Siwar-646, the countrys navy main base commander Col. Ribut Eko noted here on Thursday.

Eko further stated that the yacht was found at 01 18 517 U-104 58 544 T coordinates.

During the rescue, five Singaporean crew members -- 41-year-old James Boey Chuen Yong, 42-year-old Tan Swang Ang Kenneth, 37-year-old Lee Shao Yi, 51-year-old Lee Yeow Kuan Eddy, and 51-year-old Goh Ee Kiat -- were secured.

"The ship is sailing to Nongsa, a waterway near Batam Island in Riau Province. I have ordered another naval warship Mapoor to guard the yacht. Batams naval officers will assist in the rescue mission," the commander remarked.

According to the authoritys preliminary statement, the "Sunrise" yacht along with three other ships -- Katrianne, Ximula, and Nirvana 8 -- were earlier scheduled to set sail from Batams Bintan Island to Tambelan Island on Monday (May 1).

However, the "Sunrise" Yacht had gone missing and got separated from the group near Indonesias western waterways.

After receiving the report, the navys western base officials had transmitted the information to all patrol ships in the vicinity.

"The search and rescue missions were supported not only by the naval ships but also by aircraft," Eko reiterated.

Singapore-based Sunrise Yacht has traveled around countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia.

The governments of Indonesia and Singapore had earlier inked an agreement to increase cooperation in the energy and tourism sectors.

Singapores Trade and Industry Minister S. Israwan had stated last month in Jakarta that his government was committed to assisting the development of Indonesias several economic sectors, including expanding an industrial zone in Central Javas Kendal District, improving tourism, and intensifying energy exploration.

Israwan noted that as an archipelagic country, Indonesia has numerous scenic natural landscapes that can attract foreign tourists.

Some cruise companies have expressed interest to expand their businesses in Indonesia, he added. (*)

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