FM spokesman: Rescue for victims in Indonesian ship sinking still on

20:45, February 04, 2010      

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A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Beijing Thursday that rescuers were still searching for the victims, including 20 Chinese, who were missing after their speed boat sank in heavy seas off eastern Indonesia last week.

The Chinese embassy in Indonesia has dispatched diplomats to join the rescue efforts and handle the aftermath, spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a regular press briefing.

A total of 35 people, including 24 Chinese, were on the Indonesian ship "Dolphin" which sank on Jan. 27 in bad weather while travelling from Aru to Tual islands, Indonesia.

So far, one Chinese has been rescued, three confirmed dead, and 20 still missing.

At the press briefing, Ma also said that seven Chinese, which were stranded in the Mt. Puncak Jaya in Indonesia on Tuesday, were out of danger and waiting for rescue.

The seven mountain climbers were trapped in the Indonesian mountains after falling out with their guides. Their food supply could last only a few days.

Ma said China's Foreign Ministry and the Chinese embassy in Indonesia had contacted the Indonesian authorities and asked for help.

"The Foreign Ministry and the Chinese embassy in Indonesia will follow closely with the incident and make sure all of them will be evacuated to safe place," Ma said.

Source: Xinhua
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