Jakarta (ANTARA) - Six crew members from Indonesia on board the South Korean-flagged Keoyoung Sun died after the tanker overturned in Japanese waters, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI) confirmed on Thursday.

The agency said it continued to coordinate with relevant ministries and institutions to ensure the rights of the deceased.

“Through coordination with the director of protection for Indonesians at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are attempting to contact the families of the victims in Indonesia to inform them of this incident,” BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani told a press conference on the same day.

He said that Keoyoung Sun capsized off Shimonoseki, Japan, with 11 crew members on board, comprising eight Indonesians, two South Koreans, and one Chinese national.

The Indonesians who have been confirmed dead have been identified as Ade Ageng Suparman, Muhammad Munir Agung Suhartono, Rosim, Suwatno, Yudi Yudiyana Abdullah, and Riko Maryanto.

Indonesian crew member Asep Saepudin Juhri was still reportedly missing, and another Indonesian crew member, Ryan Yudatama Lizar, was found safe and undergoing treatment in Fukuoka.

“The Japan Coast Guard received a request for help at around 7:00 a.m. local time. The Japan Coast Guard managed to rescue nine people, of whom eight died in hospitals,” Rhamdani said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier said that the Indonesian government is continuing to coordinate with the Japanese Coast Guard regarding the South Korean-flagged tanker that capsized off Shimonoseki waters on Wednesday (March 20), with Indonesian crew members onboard.

The Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka is pursuing coordination to get further information regarding the incident.

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