Mon, 07 Jul 2003

Two missing marines found dead

KENDARI: Two marines Second Sgt. Pungki and Chief Sgt. Joko Susilo were found dead, in the Tiworo straits, Muna district, Southeast Sulawesi on Saturday morning.

The two bodies were sent to Kendari, as reported by the chief of security officer Second Lt. Buas Dibyo Purwanto.

He also said that the two officers were on a routine patrol, using a motorboat.

The boat was navigated by Taslim, who survived the accident and is a key witness.

Dibyo could not give details of the incident, but said when both victims were in the Tiworo straits, they encountered the boat Sinar Mutiara carrying illegal logs. It is presumed that the boat collided with their motorboat.

The bodies will be flown to their respective hometowns in Yogyakarta and Lampung on Sunday. --Antara