Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Transportation Ministry facilitated the process of reprinting sailor documents for Ryan Yudatama Lizar who survived after his ship capsized in the waters of Shimonoseki, Japan.

Lizar is the only survivor of eight Indonesian citizens on the South Korean-flagged Keoyoung Sun Ship that sank.

"After Ryan arrived in Indonesia, we continued to coordinate and quickly facilitate the printing of his sailor documents that were lost when he experienced the sinking ship tragedy last March," the ministry’s Director of Shipping and Marine Affairs Hartanto stated here on Saturday.

Regarding the other seven victims, he said, the Transportation Ministry coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ship manning agencies regarding the fulfillment of their rights.

"We also thank the Foreign Affairs Ministry that has been very cooperative to jointly facilitate the rights of sailors in the Keoyoung Sun ship sinking (incident),” Hartanto remarked.

Hartanto ensured that the transportation ministry will continue to guard, coordinate, and facilitate the fulfillment of the victims’ rights.

“And it is expected that there will be no problems in the future," he added.

Of the eight Indonesian citizens who drowned, apart from Lizar, the Japan Coast Guard confirmed to have found six bodies, while one was still missing for which the search operation was underway.

On that occasion, Lizar, who was present at the Transportation Ministry’s building in Jakarta, commended the assistance process, starting from his return to the sailor document issuance.

"I feel helped by the Ministry of Transportation that has facilitated the search process in Japan until I arrived in Indonesia. I also express my deep condolences over the passing away of my seven fellow crew members," he said.

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