Today, a BNPB helicopter was deployed to search for the (missing) victims.
Padang, W Sumatra (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed a helicopter to search for three fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized near Gosong Gadang Island in Padang, West Sumatra on Sunday.

"Today, a BNPB helicopter was deployed to search for the (missing) victims, in addition to ships from Basarnas (the National Search and Rescue Agency), the police, and the military," head of the Padang search and rescue agency, Asnedi, said here on Wednesday.

Although the search and rescue operation began at 9 a.m., the helicopter was forced to return to the base by 12 p.m. due to bad weather.

"Due to bad weather, we had to call back the helicopter," Asnedi informed.

He said the agency will continue to work with the West Sumatra fishermen association to locate the missing men.

On Sunday (June 21, 2020), a fishing boat carrying 13 people capsized in the waters off Gosong Gadang Island. Ten of the fishermen were rescued by the authorities on Monday (June 22), while three remain missing.

The Padang SAR agency has asked people in the area to refrain from fishing activities due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Padang Navy Base II, Major Syahrul, said the navy will help in the search and rescue operation, in coordination with the Basarnas. He said the navy has deployed its ships, Kurao and Sinyaru, as well as a patrol ship for the operation.

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