Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) - The South Sulawesi Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) deployed rigid inflatable boats to search for six missing victims of KM Kasman Indah 06 that sank in the Selayar waters, South Sulawesi.

"We deployed Selayar SAR's rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and are assisted by fishers' boats to look for the victims," South Sulawesi SAR's Head of Operations, Muhammad Rizal, confirmed on Tuesday.

The SAR team has continued to search for victims but has been constrained by bad weather and high waves that keep arising in the waters.

"We are still conducting the search, but the results are still nil," Rizal stated.

Related news: High waves, strong winds damaged 27 fishing boats: Pamekasan BPBD

Earlier, it was reported that passenger ship KM Kasman Indah 06 sank on Saturday (December 24) early morning while sailing from Reok Port, East Nusa Tenggara, to Bungeng Port in Jeneponto District, South Sulawesi.

While sailing in the Selayar waters, the ship, carrying 11 people comprising seven crew and four passengers along with hundreds of farm animals, was reportedly hit by high waves during extreme weather, thereby severely damaging the hull and wrecking the ship.

Based on information received from the local police on Sunday (December 25) at around 9:35 a.m. Central Indonesian Standard Time (WITA), five people were found in the Jampea waters near Bembe Selayar Island.

Related news: Minister asks tourists to prepare for extreme weather during holidays

Eyewitness Deng Kulle, 44, spotted people waving their shirts as a sign for help while fishing near the site. Kulle decided to help evacuate them. Five victims were rescued and then moved to the Pasimarannu Police Station, Selayar.

All the ship's passengers were the residents of Jeneponto District.

On Saturday morning at 4 a.m. local time, after their ship was wrecked by waves, the victims used coconuts as buoys, but only five survived, while six others were still missing as of the afternoon of December 27.

Related news: Extreme weather potential still exists in provinces as year ends

Related news: Jakarta, BNPB to conduct weather modification in early 2023

Translator: M Fatir, Kenzu
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
Copyright © ANTARA 2022