Sunday, February 08, 2009

Encounter of an Indonesian Navy ship

Here's a brief news that demonstrate again that freaque waves can happen any place and any time. This time it happened this morning to an Indonesian Navy ship near East Java. According to the Jakarta Post:
Warship KRI Kupang -581 nearly sunk after being hit by a freak wave near Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday morning.

"A sudden surge of large body of water overcame KRI Kupang. Ship captain Suyadi quickly directed the ship to shore and dropped down the anchor as he called for help from a nearby ship," Navy spokesman Toni Syaiful said, as quoted by

He added that another nearby warship, KRI Slamet Riyadi, had answered their call of distress.

The 20-year old watercraft will be towed to Surabaya.
According to Nina Susilo of Kompas, KRI Kupang was en route to rescue a fishing boat when they themselves encountered the freaque wave first. As the details are very sketchy, but we may presume that there are no casulties. Thank God for that!

By the way, Java is an island of Indonesia and the site of its capital city, Jakarta. Based on area, Java is 13th largest island in the world. But also the 5th largest island in Indonesia after New Guinea, Borneo, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.

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