Lion Air victims` search continuation to be decided Wednesday: Basarnas

Lion Air victims` search continuation to be decided Wednesday: Basarnas

Head of the National Search and Relief Agency (Basarnas) Muhammad Syaugi had a dialogue with the families of victims of the Lion Air JT 610 crash on the KRI 592 (Battleship) Banjarmasin while sailing towards the location of the crash aircraft to pray together and sow flowers on Tuesday (11/06/2018). (ANTARA/Dewanto Samodro)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The decision to continue search and evacuation activities for victims of the Lion Air JT 610 plane crash will be taken on Wednesday noon, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Head Muhammad Syaugi stated.

"We will see the progress of the search today and tomorrow morning. At noon, we will decide whether the search and evacuation activities will be continued or stopped," Syaugi noted here on Tuesday.

The decision will be taken based on the number of discoveries. If the number of discoveries increased, the search will be continued, but if it is decreasing, the efforts to search the victims will be ended.

"We will continue to strive to find our brothers, who are still missing," he remarked firmly.

Search for the cockpit voice recorder has not yielded results due to the low intermittent ping signal that is difficult to detect.

The joint search team, strengthened by hundreds of divers along with the deployment of a remotely operated vehicle, had yet to recover one of the black box parts.

"(This was) even though we already had a spot for our focus to search for it," he stated.

"The signal is already very weak, but we expect it to be on the Southwest side, around the debris of the fuselage. In addition, the mud on the seabed is very inhibiting. The thickness of the mud can reach 1.5 meters," Syaugi added.

Reporting by Roy Rosa Bachtiar
Editing by Andi Abdussalam