Posted on June 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged Cargo ship, KM LINTAS TIMUR, sank in the afternoon of June the 4th while transiting through the Molucca Sea, Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 16:00 PM on Tuesday, while the vessel was sailing through the Banggai Laut Regency, located in the province of Central Sulawesi.
The cargo ship, that was being crewed by 20 seafarers at the time of the sinking, immediately sent out a distress signal that was picked up by the Indonesian Maritime Authorities.
The Palu Basarnas Luwuk SAR Centre immediately dispatched a Search & Rescue team to the scene that arrived at the scene an hour later.
Unfortunately, however, only one missing man has been located at this time, and 19 more are still considered missing.
Local maritime authorities have not been able to acquire detailed information on the cargo ship at this time, such as shipping routes, tonnage, the exact location of the vessel & reason for the sinking.
The search & rescue operation is still ongoing at this time.